Related Internet Links
Search or browse 25,000 biographies of notable personalities from antiquity to the present. The profiles range from one paragraph to several. Searchable by name of person only. Entries include dates, career information, and alternate spellings/versions of the name. More recent entries can include photograph, list of works, video, and related Web links. Material comes from the Cambridge Encyclopedia Database, the Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, as well as the A&E family that includes the Biography and History Channels and Biography Mgazine.

World Biographical Index
This database contains about 2.5 million short biographical entries for prominent individuals who lived in North and South America, Western and Central Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania. The entry for each person contains the name, variations of the name, pseudonyms, the years of birth and death, or years mentioned, occupation, source quoted, and bibliographic information about the sources used. It is also a compiled index to many biographical archives, giving archive name and fiche number. Based on the 6th, CD-ROM edition (K.G. Saur, 1999).

Lives, the Biography Resource
Extensive, annotated directory of links to sites that focus on the lives of individuals or groups of people, worthwhile collections of links to other biographical resources, primary biographical source material such as images, diaries, memoirs, correspondence, interviews, oral histories, etc., and good biographical dictionaries. There are special pages featuring African Americans, Women, U.S. Civil War, Holocaust Survivors and Rescuers, and Canadians. In addition there are indexes by collections, professions, eras, regions, and criticism, as well as by individual. The site is also searchable.


Pegasos: Literature Related Resources
This site has good biographical material, print resource lists for further reading, and selected lists of works, on close to 1,000 authors. The material is translated from Finnish to English and sometimes suffers from the process. Excellent resource if you don't have access to your library and works such as Dictionary of Literary Biography or Contemporary Authors. The primary arrangement is as a calendar by author's date of birth. There's also an alphabetical index of all authors and one of just the Nordic writers.

Malaspina Great Books Five Star Sites
More than 300 important authors, artists, and philosophers are covered at this site. A page has been created for each author, which lists evaluated Web resources and links to books covering aspects of their life and work.(slow loading, but good information available)


Biographical Dictionary
Includes more than 28,000 brief biographies of notable men and women covering ancient times to the present day. The dictionary can be searched by names, dates, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, achievements, and other keywords. Includes suggested ways to use for students and teachers and an annotated list of other biographical resources on the Internet. Updated regularly.

NameBase Index
Nearly 200,000 citations covering more than 90,000 individual and organizational proper names from approximately 500 investigative books published since 1962 and thousands of periodicals from 1973. Covers academia, high tech, media, political figures, the international intelligence community, U.S. foreign policy, religion, crime, business and more. Can browse the Web site by name or category.

Contact Robert Jaquay, Library Director

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William K. Sanford Town Library
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