Biographical Info

September 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

Questions to ask yourself

  1. How well-known is this person? If a person is well-known, s/he is more likely to have an entry in a reference book or standard source.
  2. What is the ethnicity of this person? There are many sources that provide bio info for individuals of a specific ethnicity.
  3. Is this person alive or dead?
  4. What field does this person work in(business, the arts, etc.)?

Basic Info

  • Ancestry Library
    Use this source to identify D.O.B., family members, and addresses of individuals.
  • QuickRef Biographical Sources
    Click on the Biographies category and you’ll get a list of resources useful for finding biographical info. Note: People usually have to be somewhat important to be listed in these sources.
  • Subject-specific biographical sources
    If the individual is associated with a specific field, you should try locating a subject encyclopedia. For example, the Grove Dictionary of Art would be a useful source if you were covering an artist.
  • International Who’s Who [NYU-Only]
    brings together current and hard-to-find biographical information on almost 60,000 of the most gifted, famous and influential men and women in all fields
  • Who’s Who
    Who’s Who publishes a variety of directories in different areas (Who’s Who in Advertising, Who’s Who in Science), etc. Some of these are available in print in Bobst Library. To find them search Bobcat for “who’s who.”

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