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Finding Biographical Materials in the Library

Forbes Library uses the Cutter Expansive Classification system to order books throughout the library. Under this system you will find biographies shelved under the following call numbers:

EGeneral Biography
FMonarchs, royalty (interfiled with other historical materials, consult catalog for complete call numbers)
VA‑VKAthletes (interfiled with other materials on sports, consult catalog for complete call numbers)
VVBiographies of Musicians
WABiographies of Artists

A librarian can help you if you can't find the biography you need. Please ask at the reference desk or contact us.

Materials with these call numbers can be found in the reading room (new books), on the mezzanine, in the reference collection, in the children's room, and in our collection of documentary films.

Biography Resource Center

Biography Resource Center
Contains full-text magazine articles, images, and website links. Search for current or historic people by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, or by keyword and full text. Log-in from home with your library card.

Web Sites

Biography Reading Lists
Book lists with biographies and memoirs selected by Forbes Library librarians.
A&E Network Television's searchable database of more than 25,000 people. Search by name or birth date.

Search for famous people or browse by name.

American Rhetoric
A searchable database of the Online Speech Bank and The Top 100 Speeches.

World Leaders
The CIA runs this up to date information on world leaders.

POTUS Presidents of The United States
The Internet Public Library's collection of "election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents."

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Search by name or birthdate for interesting biographical information on female mathematicians.

Women Who Dared
Locate Jewish women's biographies by name, city or activist role.

Rulers of the World
This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.

Profiles in Science
The National Library Of Medicine's site on important scientists from the 20th century.

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