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.
Biographies of individuals from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. Earlier version (print only), including some entries not in the ANB, is Dictionary of American Biography, below. The library has licensed this database for 1 simultaneous user, so please close the tab or browser when finished searching.
Very useful index of references to biographical sources. This source is not full text, but it helps you find out if an individual has been written about in another biographical source, and is worth learning to use.
--While using this source, you may want to have the Local Catalog, open in a separate tab to check to see if the library owns the source mentioned as containing a biographical entry.
A Metropolitan Library (OKC public) database. Sign up for a library card if you don't have one. Provides access to biographies, images, articles, abstracts, and interviews of more than half a million people.
Dictionary of American Biography
Call Number: E 176 .D563 (ref collection: Bizzell main floor southeast)
Biographies of more than 19,000 American men and women from over 700 fields who died through 1980. Newer version is American National Biography, above, although not all entries from the earlier edition are included in the ANB.
Biographies of global leaders from every significant field of endeavor. Includes Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American History, Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in American Politics. The library has licensed this database for 1 simultaneous user. Please logoff when you are finished searching.
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.