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CRWR 20410/40410: Technical Seminar in Nonfiction: Epistolary Form

Books about a person

Search in the library catalog for the person's name and the word biography, e.g., Abraham Lincoln biography. If you search for the terms as a subject search, the results will all be biographies of Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln subject search

For memoirs, or writings the person wrote about themself, use the term personal narratives. You might also want to look for diaries or correspondence.

Biographical reference sources

There are some basic biographical reference sources that can give you common information about someone so that you don't have to fact-check the internet. That said, Who's Who is not the most reliable of sources, either, so when in doubt, ask a librarian.

Biography Databases

US Letters & Diaries

UK Letters & Diaries

Librarian

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André G. Wenzel
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