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Biographies

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Biography Reference Bank

Provides biographies of people from a wide range of fields and over all periods of history. Material drawn from biographical dictionaries and other reference sources is available full text. There are also citations to books and articles by and about the person. Some of the articles may be full text. More than 32,000 images are included. Database may be searched by name, profession, gender, and ethnic background.

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Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

This multi-volume encyclopedia features more than 650 biographies of individuals and over 600 topical essays on culture, society, geography, history, movements, trends, gender studies, and so forth from prehistory to the present.  End notes for articles, a detailed chronology, a topical outline, and more than 400 illustrations supplement this resource.

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The ODNB is the definitive reference source for British biography. It contains highly authoritative biographical profiles of nearly 60,000 people who shaped British history and culture for more than 2,000 years. Biographies are accompanied by useful bibliographic essays that identify archives holding the profiled figure’s correspondence as well as other, book-length scholarly biographies and secondary works. “See also” references allow for easy navigation between related entries in the dictionary. Advanced search capabilities allow researchers, for example, to pull up in a single list only nineteenth century British women novelists.

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