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Global & Eurasian History: Biography

Supports research in Global, Comparative, European, & Asian History

Biographical Databases

Encyclopedia of World Biography: Online fulltext of the 23-volume Gale reference work.

World Biographical Index (WBI): Citations for biographical articles on more than 5 million individuals in world history.  Most cited sources are in our print collection, and those for medieval persons are available online within WBI.

Current Biography: Contains more than 15,000 full text biographies and more than 9,400 obituaries from all of the volumes of Current Biography Yearbook, from 1940 to the present.

Biographical Encyclopedias in Print

Research guide to European historical biography, 1450-presentAlexander Stacks Z5304.C44R47 1992 v.1-4

Nouvelle biographie universelle depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'à nos jours, avec les renseignements bibliographiques et l'indication des sources à consulter; publiée sous la direction de m. le dr. Hoefer. Paris, Firmin Didot, 1852-66. 46 v. Available through HathiTrust.

Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne [par] J. Fr. Michaud. [1843-1865]. 45 v. Alexander Reference CT143.M52

Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich, enthaltend die Lebensskizzen der denkwürdigen Personen, welche 1750 bis 1850 im Kaiserstaate und in seinen Kronländern gelebt haben, von Constant v. Wurzbach. Wien, Verlag der Universitäts-Buchdr. von L. C. Zamarski, 1856-91. 60 v. Available through HathiTrust.

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