Biographical Databases – OHIO University Libraries

American National Biography — Offers portraits of more than 17,400 men and women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped the nation.   Searchable by name, gender, occupation, birth date, birthplace or death date. Does not include individuals who are still living.

Biography Reference Bank — Provides biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present.  Searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date death, and keyword. Many images.

biography-in-contextBiography in Context (former name: Biography Resource Center) — Provides biographical information of more than one million people throughout history, around the world and across all disciplines and subject areas.  Searchable by birth and death years and places, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender.

Dictionary of National Biography (also known as Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)  — Biographies of people who shaped British history worldwide, from the 4th century BC.  Each year entries are added for people who died three years earlier.  Searchable by name, field of interest, gender, life dates, and religious affiliation. Does not include individuals who are still living.

Marquis Who’s Who on the Web — Brief profiles on more than “1.4 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports.”  Contains entries for individuals who have appeared in Who’s Who in America and 22 other Who’s Who publications.