Biography Resources

Premium Resources

African American Biographical Database

The largest electronic collection of biographical information on African Americans from 1790 to 1950.*

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Index to millions of biographical sketches in thousands of reference books.*

Biography in Context

Search for biographies, full text articles, and images for current and historic people from all eras and fields of endeavor.*

Biography Reference E-books

Search over 700 biography e-book titles, especially strong in literature, for online use. *

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online features profiles of more than 143,000 past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights. The biographies discuss the lives and careers of the literary figures profiled, along with the critical response to their works.*

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.*

Something About the Author Online

Something About the Author Online brings you thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators totaling more than 12,000 entries and nearly 17,000 images.*

Recommended Websites

Find a Grave

Search for your ancestors among 121 million grave records. Also includes a Famous Grave Search.

Handbook of Texas Online

Encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture.

Houston Oral History Project

Houston Oral History Project is an effort to record and preserve the dynamic history of Houston through the stories and experiences of its residents. It is a collaboration between the Mayor's Office, Houston Public Library and University of Houston.

POTUS

Information on United States Presidents.

White House

The official website for the White House. Includes biographies of the presidents and the first ladies.