Monday, October 1, 2007

eResource of the Month: Biography Resource Center

Recently redesigned for ease-of-use, Gale's Biography Resource Center is a comprehensive database of biographical information on over 340,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. It combines more than 435,000 biographies from respected sources such as Contemporary Authors, Encyclopedia of World Biography, Newsmakers, Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists, Contemporary Black Biography, Religious Leaders of America, International Dictionary of Art and Artists, Writers Directory, and many more. The database also includes more than 538,000 full-text articles from nearly 300 magazines including American History and U.S. News & World Report. The database also includes more than 26,000 images, in-depth coverage of key events, links to related Web sites and up-to-date reporting that can be found in current magazines.

Students will find this database especially handy, as they can search for biographies by name, browse by category (current world leaders, scientists, etc.) and even by occupation and ethnicity. There is also a spotlight biography which is updated 2-3 times a month.

To access the Biography Resource Center, visit your local library or log in from your home computer via the Find It Virginia link on the library's database page. For in-depth analysis of a person of interest, be sure to check out the library's collection of biographies.