Monday, March 2, 2009

March 2009 e-Resource of the Month: BioRC

With March being Women’s History Month, it’s the perfect time to spotlight the Biography Resource Center.

The Biography Resource Center is a comprehensive database of biographical information on over 380,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. It combines more than 450,000 biographies from respected sources such as Contemporary Authors, Encyclopedia of World Biography, Newsmakers, Historic World Leaders, Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists, Contemporary Black Biography, Religious Leaders of America, International Dictionary of Art and Artists, Writers Directory, and many more, with full-text articles from more than 300 magazines and newspapers including American History, The Christian Century, Saturday Night, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, and USA Today. This provides users with instant access to a wealth of biographical data compiled by Gale over more than 50 years, as well as more than 27,000 images, in-depth coverage of key events, and up-to-date reporting that can be found in magazines and newspapers. Also, web addresses in the “Further Readings” sections of thousands of biographies are hyperlinked for direct access to online sources used to inform or supplement the profiles.

Students will find this database especially handy, as they can search for biographies by name, browse by category (including Notable Women, Obama Administration Nominees, etc.) and even by occupation and ethnicity. There is also a spotlight biography which is updated several times a month.

To access the Biography Resource Center, visit your local library or log in from your home computer via the Biography Resource Center link on the library's Web Site (Find Information > Search for Articles & More > Biography Resource Center).

For in-depth analysis of a person of interest, be sure to check out the library's collection of biographies.

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