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This guide provides links and library locations to some useful sources of biographical information. Click on the tabs to find books, articles and other biographical sources.  Use our chat window for help if you're not finding what you need. 

Types of biographical resources

Biographies are written accounts of personal history or of the life of an individual, especially prominent historic or public figures. They may be brief, including only birth and death dates, places of birth, and noteworthy accomplishments, or they may be lengthy and detail the events and circumstances of a person's life. They may be written many years after the subject has passed away.


Autobiographies are similar to biographies, but they are written by the subjects themselves. By their nature, they cannot offer a complete perspective on the entire life of a person, but it is a unique perspective.


Memoirs are narrative collections of the earlier experiences of a subject who is still alive. Rather than telling the life story, they may tell stories from the life of the author. These are a type of autobiography and are generally accepted to be works of non-fiction.

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