A narrative of a person's life, written by, or as having been written by that person.
A history of a person’s life. It could be written by another author.
A narrative recollection of the writer's earlier experiences, especially those involving unusual people, places, or events.
Everyone loves Google.
It is okay to use a google search to find quick and easy information about anything, especially for biographies.
Feel free to use the search box below to retreive quick information.
The first result will most likely be wikipedia. Wikipedia should NEVER be used as a one of your sources for a paper or even homework. If you find yourself looking at wikipedia anyway, scroll down to the bottom to "References" and use the sources that help them write the information regarding the topic.
These titles that can help you start your search for biographies; if you need additional print sources, use MOECAT .
The sources are divided into Reference and Circulation.
Reference books are usually encylopedias and dictionaries. They contain specific facts, data, or other brief bits of information. These titles are for LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Circulation books can be checked out/ loaned to students.
Remember, its always good to have at least ONE BOOK SOURCE for research.
Below are the most popular biographical subjects according to
These reference sources can help you kick off your search for biographies.
Rememeber these titles can only be used in the library.
Some of our most popular biographies and autobiographies are listed below.
Do you want to read one of these books?
Check MOECAT to see if they are avaliable for checkout.
(Login: User Name: Monroe College / No Password required)
Using websites is the quickest way to find information about a person. These websites are divided into subjects.
Searching for biographies using the online databases on MyMonroe:
Public and Popular Biographies
Public and Political Biographies
YOU MUST HAVE A LIBRARY CARD WITH THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY (NYPL) BEFORE YOU CAN USE THIS DATABASE.
1. Log on to www.nypl.org.
2. Click ‘research’.
3. Then select ‘articles and databases’.
4. In the 'database title/description' box, type biography in context.
5. Then click 'find'.
6. Once you have selected the Biography in Context link, you will be asked to enter your New York Public Library card barcode.
7. Type the person'a name in the 'person search' box; you can search for biographies by name, occupation, birth place or death place.
8. Click on the 'people' tab to browse for a variety of people.
9. The 'people' tab allows you to search for biographies by subject and name.
1. Select 'biographies' under 'use credo reference to find'.
2. In the 'search box' type the person's name.
3. Next, from the drop down menu select 'biographies'.
4. Then click 'search'.
5. The 'continue searching in' drop down menu allows you to search other online databases.
6. You can also narrow down your search by subject, entry type, person and publication date.
1. Select the 'people' tab.
2. In the 'keyword' search box, type the person's name.
3. Then, click 'search'.
4. The people results page allows you to narrow your search by job title, location, and industry.
1. Click 'Subject Areas' under the 'General Searching' tab.
2. Then, select 'People'.
3. Type the person’s last name.
* If you know the first name, you may also type it into the last name search box.*
4. The ‘keywords’ search box allows you to add adjectives about the person to help narrow your search.
5. Then, select the sources you'd like to search:
6. Then click 'search'.
1. Type the person's name in the 'find' search box.
2. Next select 'biographies'.
3. Then click 'search'.
4. If you would like to search for a specific author click 'person search'.
5. The limiters will help narrow down your search for a specific author.
6. Then click 'search'.
If you would like to view all biographies World News Digest has to offer: