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Biography: Books

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

Library Catalog Search

Search the library catalog to find books, videos, and more at PCC Library.

 

How to find . . .

Books about a specific person:

  1. Change "words or phrase" to "subject."
  2. Type the person's name in the search box.
  3. Click the Search button.

Search examples:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Barack Obama

 

A list of biographies:

  1. Change "words or phrase" to "subject."
  2. Type the word: biography
  3. Click the Search button.

 

Biographies related to a particular subject:

  1. Leave "words or phrase" as it is.
  2. Type your search using this example: biography AND musicians
  3. Click the Search button.

Search examples:

  • biography AND world war
  • biography AND African American
  • biography AND baseball

Biography or autobiography?

What is the difference between a biography and an autobiography? A biography gives the details of a person's life, as written by someone else. An autobiography gives the details of a person's life, as written by that person. Thus, all autobiographies are considered biographies, but not all biographies are autobiographies.

Where is the biography section?

PCC Library does not have a section with just biographies. The biographies are actually scattered throughout the entire library collection. If you're looking for a biography of a musician, it will be shelved with books about music.  If you're looking for a biography of a physicist, it will be shelved in the science section. Ask a librarian if you need assistance.

Featured Individual Biographies

Get Books from Other Libraries


Share Book IconIf PCC Library does not own a copy of a book that you need, we can see if another library is able to loan it to you through our interlibrary loan (ILL) service. Just fill out the ILL form as completely as possible. Once the book arrives, we will contact you so that you can pick it up. 

Keep in mind...

  • Cost: FREE!
  • Libraries do not usually purchase or loan textbooks. 
  • Allow 5-10 business days for processing and delivery.