Biography

Subject Librarian
email Jane Kessler

emailjkessler@albany.edu
phone(518) 442-3830
location_onUniversity Library: LI-111

Key Databases

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Index of names and their biographical sources, including biographical dictionaries, subject encyclopedias and literary criticism

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Coverage:
Ongoing
Updated:
Twice per year
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)

Description of this resource: Biography Bank contains biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to present, along with thousands of images. It contains the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books published by H. W. Wilson, including all the articles from all volumes of Current Biography, the World Author Series, Nobel Prize Winners, World Artists, World Film Directors, American Reformers, and numerous biographical books on musicians and composers throughout history. Also included are thousands of biographies from others publishers, including Macmillan UK, Greenwood, Houghton Mifflin, and Harvard University Press.
In addition to the full text biographies, Biography Reference Bank contains millions of magazine citations (many of which contain full-text) from all of the Wilson Indexing Databases, including all citations from Biography Index Database after 1984, as well as thousands of links to book review citations, including review excerpts and full text reviews from book Review Digest Plus.
The biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, keyword, and presence of images.

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Coverage:
1984+
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
Four simultaneous users
Contemporary Black Biography

Provides biographical profiles of important persons of African heritage.

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Coverage:
2015 -
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Oxford Reference

A collection of online reference books from Oxford University Press. Contains more than one million entries, 12,000 images and 500 maps. Complete title list.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Three times a year
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Gale Ebooks

A collection of reference ebooks. Subject areas covered include arts, biography, business, education, environment, history, law, library science, literature, medicine, countries, multicultural studies, religion, science and social science.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Annually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users