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Biography Reference Sources

Check to see if the person you are writing about is already listed in a biographical dictionary or directory. If you find a work cited in one of these sources that we do not own, see this box for information on using interlibrary loan to get the chapter, entry, etc, that you need.

Subject Encyclopedias

Subject encyclopedias can give you background information on time periods in U.S. history. The person you are researching may also be listed in the encyclopedia.