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A guide to library resources in North American and European history

Specialized Biographies

Many  sources of biographical information are not available online.  To find sources in print, search the Library Catalog.

Use the Advanced Search and enter "Biography" or "Biographies Dictionaries" or "Biographies Directories".  It often helps to combine this with an additional search term, such as a country, occupation, etc.  You may also want to limit your search to reference collections.

Below are some sample searches.

  • Great Britain biography

  • Middle Ages biographies
  • Civil Service Prussia 18th century biography dictionaries

  • Suffragists United States biography sources

  • Legislators Europe biographies directories

Online & National Biographies



Obituaries often appear in newspapers. To locate newspapers, view our guide How do I find newspapers?  Many of our newspaper databases include a search limit for obituaries.

Obituary Indexes

Obituary indexes can be helpful in finding obituaries for an individual.  Most of these indexes are only in print.  Search "obituary indexes" in the Library Catalog for a listing.

Subject Specialist

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Nancy Spiegel
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Bibliographer for History
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