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Finding Biographical Information
Use the online catalog to locate books about the person
Look in a general or subject biographical resource
Use news resources to find current newspaper articles on the person
Use an online database to find articles about the person
Use a biographical index
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Knowing things such as nationality, profession, ethnic background and whether the person is alive or dead can help you select the best places to look.

Many of the online databases will allow you to limit a search to biographical articles; check the advanced search option for things such as source type or document type.

Other types of articles on or by the person may include biographical information.

Locating biographical information on a college or university professor who has published a book or two can be very difficult; check the person's university website to see if it provides any information about faculty members or to see if the professor has posted his/her cv online.

If you find one article, but need more, consult the bibliography of the article for sources.

Consider what you need the information for; do you really need an entire book about the person or will an article or entry in a reference work provide you with enough information.
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