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Biography Reference Bank

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2022 11:13 AM

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Biography Reference Bank contains biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images. It contains the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books published by H. W. Wilson, including all the articles from all volumes of Current Biography, the World Author SeriesNobel Prize WinnersWorld Artists,World Film DirectorsAmerican Reformers, and numerous biographical books on musicians and composers throughout history. Also included are thousands of biographies from other respected publishers, including Macmillan UK, Greenwood, Houghton Mifflin, and Harvard University Press. In addition to the full text biographies, Biography Reference Bank contains millions of magazine citations (many of which contain full-text), including all citations from Biography Index after 1984, as well as thousands of links to book review citations, including review excerpts and full text reviews from Book Review Digest Plus. The biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, keyword, and presence of images.

Dates Covered

Dates for source materials vary but people included can be from any time in history, antiquity to the present. Updated monthly.

Print Counterpart

There is no equivalent print source, although the UB Libraries have many of the titles that make up the database, most notably: 

Current Biography Yearbook 
Lockwood Reference
CALL NUMBER: CT 100 .C8, 1940-present

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