Biography Resources

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African American Biographical Database

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

Biography Reference E-books

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

Contemporary Authors Online

Find biographical information on more than 149,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters.*

Credo Complete Core Collection

A general reference resource that serves as a starting point for students and researchers at any level. Content includes over 1100 major encyclopedias and other specialized reference works spanning across all subject areas.*

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, literature, 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.


Information on United States Presidents.

White House

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