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Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
Call Number: MU Ellis QA76.2J63 I83 2011

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Catherine the Great - Robert K. Massie
Call Number: MU Ellis DK 170 .M34 2011

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Soldier: the Life of Colin Powell - Karen DeYoung
Call Number: MU Ellis E840.P64 D49 2006

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Laura Ingalls Wilder: a Writer's Life - Pamela Smith Hill
Call Number: MU Ellis PS3545.I342 Z665 2007


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MU Libraries Resources

  • American National Biography  Icon
    A biographical dictionary of about 17,500 individuals significant to American history, from the earliest recorded European exploration to the 21st century. These are print books.
  • Discovery Collection  Icon
    Thousands of overview essays, critical analyses, biographies, primary sources, creative works and multimedia elements comprise the Discovering Collection comprehensive online reference resource.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  
    Includes Encyclopedia of World Biography, Contemporary Hispanic Biography, Dictionary of Scientific Biography, and more.
  • Lexis Nexis Academic  Icon
    LexisNexis has the Who's Who publications and many other biographical resources. Use the RESEARCH PEOPLE box on the LexisNexis search page.
  • Literary Index  
    Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references more than 165,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 215,000 titles into one source.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography  
    Provides biographies on famous people from the British Isles from the 4th century BC to present.
  • Oxford Reference Online: World Encyclopedia  Icon
    Provides selected biography articles
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians  
    New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the premier music encyclopedia. Includes the New Grove Dictionaries of Jazz and Opera.

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Amy C. Nickless

Graduate Reference Assistant, 2010-2012


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