Biography Databases

This database includes the complete content of the microfiche series “Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950,” a substantial compilation of biographical material on more than 30,000 African American individuals. Because this resource includes both famous and everyday persons, it is of interest to both historians and genealogists. Searchable by name, place of birth, date of birth, date of death, occupation, religion, gender, or source of information. Includes some illustrations and photographs.


Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of eReference titles that includes encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources. This collection spans topics within the subject of biographies.


Biography Reference Bank (formerly Biographies Plus Illustrated)    Access: home access available CLEVNET cardholders

More than 72,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 20,000 photographs of the subjects. Many of the biographies are enhanced with full text, abstracts, and citations. 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.


Gale Virtual Reference Library – Covers 350 prominent individuals who have made significant contributions to business and industry. Profiles range from 1,250 to 2,500 words in length.


Contemporary Novelists    Access: home access available CLEVNET cardholders

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Contains biographical/critical essays on the most important living novelists writing in English worldwide.


Contemporary Poets    Access: home access available CLEVNET cardholders

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Provides biographical and bibliographical information on 789 of the world’s most important contemporary English-language poets, including 120 new to this edition. Entries include personal and career information, addresses, a detailed bibliography, a list of further reading sources, and more. Each entry also includes a signed critical essay covering each poet’s career and works, written by an expert in the field.


Gale Virtual Reference Library – 7,000 biographies on notables from every part of the world and from all time periods. Includes thousands of photos, a consolidated index, and more.