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English: Language and Literatures: Background & Biography

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Finding Biographical Materials in the Library Catalog

To find biographies and autobiographies in the Library catalog, do a subject search on the person's name, last name first.
You may see specific subheadings for authobiography or biography, but books filed simply under the subject's name will also have biographical information.

Look also for subheadings for archives, correspondence, diaries, family, friends and associates, homes and haunts, etc.

Historical Background

Dates & Places

Plots & Characters

Symbols & Allusions