For Canadian subjects.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography
For Canadian subjects who died before 1930.
- Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
- Encyclopedia of World Biography (1998-2007)
- International Yearbook and Statesmen's Who's Who
Search for an author and see the biography section on the Author Page (includes journalists and essayists).
Select content type: Biographies.
For British subjects.
Includes the Who's Who books.
The following websites contain biographical information:
- Australian Dictionary of Biography
- Chambers Reference Online Premium
- Oxford Reference Online Premium: History
For print material, search the library catalogue
Below are some suggested SUBJECT searches. You may change the terms that are not bolded.
- BIOGRAPHY AS A LITERARY FORM
- EINSTEIN, ALBERT--BIOGRAPHY
- AUTHORS, AMERICAN--2OTH CENTURY--BIOGRAPHY
- WOMEN--UNITED STATES--BIOGRAPHY
For autobiographies, use the person's name as a subject. For example:
- LAURENCE, MARGARET--BIOGRAPHY
General and International Biography
- Current Biography. (v. 1- 1940- )
- Who's Who in the World (latest edition only)
- International Who's Who (v.24- 1960- )
- Canadian Who's Who (1898- )
- Who's Who in America (1926- )
Authors (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
- Who's Who in History
- Who's Who in the Classical World
- Rise of the Medieval World, 500-1300: A Biographical Dictionary
- Renaissance and Reformation, 1500-1620: A Biographical Dictionary
- American Women Leaders: 1,560 Current Biographies
- American Women of Science since 1900
- Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography
- A Historical Dictionary of British Women
Arts and Humanities
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Western Philosophy and Philosophers
- The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists
- Dictionary of American Classical Composers
- Great Thinkers of the Eastern World: the Major Thinkers and Philosophical and Religious Classics of China, Japan, Korea and the World of Islam
- International Who's Who in Popular Music, 2007
- American Geographers, 1784-1812: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide
- Biographical Dictionary of Anthropologists
- Fifty Major Political Thinkers
- Fifty Key Thinkers in Psychology
- International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
Science and Engineering
- Who's Who in Science and Engineering
- Remarkable Engineers: from Riquet to Shannon
- American Men and Women of Science: A Biographical Directory of Today's Leaders in Physical, Biological and Related Sciences
Note: When a famous person dies, newspapers treat the event as a news story and you can find these by searching in our full-text newspaper databases. Regular obituaries or death notice are considered paid advertisements and are therefore not included.