DePaul University Libraries
You may start your biographical research by looking for information about a specific person, or about groups of individuals.

Book length biographies

To find biographies and autobiographies of individuals in the Library Catalog, do a subject search on the Quick Search page using the name of that person. Be sure to enter the last name first; for example, to find biographies of Jane Austen, enter Austen, Jane.

DePaul's Library Catalog

Other biographical sources

Biographical dictionaries provide information about people who share a characteristic such as a profession, country of origin, or historical period. Subject-specific encyclopedias may provide information about significant individuals in the area covered.

Biographical sources

Articles about people

Particularly for contemporary figures, you can look for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; identify appropriate databases using a subject guide related to the characteristics of the person.

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