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Biographical Information: Reference Books

A guide to finding biographical resources

Reference Books

Some of these sources (and hundreds more) are indexed in the Biography and Genealogy Master Index (see Web Resources listing). Many biographical research works are shelved in the CT section of Simpson Library's reference collection. They include:

Using Reference Books

Use Reference books to:

♦  Obtain background material to help familiarize yourself with your topic

♦  Place your topic in historical context

♦  Locate definitions of terms and concepts

♦  Find bibliographies suggesting additional resources on your topic

Citing Sources

While writing research papers, you may need to:

 List your sources in bibliographies or works cited

♦ Provide either footnotes or endnotes.

For more help with citations, check this guide out.