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Biography: Articles

This Research Guide lists library and online resources related to finding biographical information.


Search for magazine, journal, and newspaper articles by using library databases. These databases are especially helpful for finding more recent information or interviews.

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Depending on your topic, you may need to scroll through the entire list of library databases in order to identify one that best suits your needs. Ask a librarian for suggestions in order to save time.

Search Examples

  • "Amy Beach"
  • "Angela Davis" AND "black power"
  • "Barack Obama" AND interview
  • "Bill Gates" AND "software industry"
  • "George Lucas" AND "motion picture" AND criticism
  • "Tupac Shakur" AND rap AND culture

Database Search Tips

Join keywords with AND, OR, or NOT: 
legalization AND marijuana
marijuana OR cannabis
marijuana NOT recreational

Put quotation marks around phrases to search for the words side-by-side:
"capital punishment"
"death penalty"

Try different words or phrases:
capital punishment, death penalty, execution

Use an asterisk:
teen* will find teen, teens, teenagers

Check your spelling!

Try more than one database.