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Journal Articles

  • America: History & Life
    Your guide to the contents of scholarly journals, historical magazines and dissertations. This database indexes scholarly journals concerned with the history of America (North and South). The FindIt button links to the full text of the articles in the Library's collection as well as to an interlibrary loan form. Interlibrary loan can only be used for those journals to which the Library does not have a subscription. It can take up to a week to process an interlibrary loan request. Article citations can be exported to RefWorks.
    Suggested subject keywords: "Biography as a literary form," autobiographies,  ...
    Sample articles:
    Rotberg, Robert I. 2010. "Biography and Historiography: Mutual Evidentiary and Interdisciplinary Considerations." Journal of Interdisciplinary History 40, no. 3: 305-324.
    Banner, Lois W. 2009. "Biography as History." American Historical Review 114, no. 3: 579-586.
  • Historical Abstracts
    This database indexes articles published in scholarly history journals. Please note that Historical Abstracts does not cover ancient and medieval history. U.S., Canadian and Latin American history are excluded as well.
    There is substantial overlap for the more theoretical articles on biography as a literary form and autobiography. Both indexes can be searched simultaneously via the Choose Databases link at the top of the search screen.
    Suggested subject keywords: "Biography as a literary form," autobiographies, "Serfs - Russia - narratives," ...
    Sample articles:
    Vasilieva, M. E., and John MacKay. 2000. "Notes of a serf woman by M.E. Vasilieva." Slavery & Abolition 21, no. 1: 146-158
  • Social Sciences Full Text
    Index to international, English language journals in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science and law.
  • Humanities Full Text
    Indexes and abstracts articles in more than 300 periodicals in archaeology, art , classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history and world literature.


Biographical Dictionaries

  • American National Biography Online
    Biographical resource on more than 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online
    50,000 specially-written signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000.
  • Current Biography Plus Illustrated
    23,000 biographies and obituaries of artists, politicians, business people, journalists, actors, writers, sports figures, scientists, and other people prominent in the news that have appeared in Current Biography Yearbook since 1940.
  • Research Guide to American Historical Biography
    5 volumes, available in print only.
    Covers notable historical figures in American history. Each entry includes a Chronology, Activities of Historical Significance, Overview of Biographical/Critical Sources, Evaluation of Principal Biographical Sources, and Overview and Evaluation of Primary Sources.
  • Research Guide to European Historical Biography, 1450-present
    8 volumes, available in print only.
    Covers notable historical figures in European history. Each entry includes a Chronology, Activities of Historical Significance, Overview of Biographical Sources, Evaluation of Principal Biographical Sources, Overview and Evaluation of Primary Sources, and Evaluation of Critical Sources.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
    Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works, that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.
  • Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia
    17 volumes, available in print only.
    This set covers many women that are not listed in any other major biographical dictionaries.

Diaries, Autobiographies, Letters ...

Alternatively, search the Library's catalog or WorldCat to locate published diaries, autobiographies or letters. Use subject terms such as correspondence, personal narrative, diaries, or sources. Consult the Library's Primary Sources Research Guide for more detailed instructions.

Don't foget that many of the Library's digital collections such as Sabin Americana, Early American Imprints, and Early English Books Online, to name but a few, include a wealth of published autobiographies, letters, and diaries.

Book Reviews

Please note that the indexes listed above under Journal Articles all include book reviews.


Local Archives

This is but a small selection of local archives. Find more archives with an internet search.

Guides to Archives

Citing Your Sources

  • Chicago Manual of Style
    15th edition. Available online. A print copy is available at the Information Desk in the Library. Call number: Z253.U69 2003
  • Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide
    Made available free online by Chicago University Press.
  • Research and Documentation Online
    Guide to the major documentation styles
  • Refworks
    Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.
  • EndNote
    EndNote has more or less the same functionality as RefWorks, but the software is downloaded to individual desktops whereas RefWorks is web-based.

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Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


Last Modified: Sunday, February 5th, 2012