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Find Background Information in Handbooks and Companions
The following resources provide chapter-length overviews of a variety of themes. Each chapter is written by a leading expert and provides useful suggestions for further reading.
Find Background Information in Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Use these specialized topical sources to browse online for paper topics and for information on specific events, places and themes:
Find Biographical Information
Use these sources to find biographical information on individuals:
American National Biography Online
American National Biography provides biographical information relating to significant men and women from all periods of United States history. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
55,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2003. Limited to 3 simultaneous users.
Gale in Context: Biography
Biography in Context includes over 700,000 biographical entries covering more than 400,000 notable international figures from all time periods and areas of study.