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How to find out about the lives of other people, both the famous and the not-so-famous.

Biograhy Databases

Evaluating Web sites

If you run across a random article on the Internet, you need to determine if it is acceptable for an academic, or college-level, project.  For help in determining the quality of web sites, watch the following video The Research Process: Evaluating Websites produced by Pollak Library, California State University, Fullerton:



Biography.com is the web site of the Biography cable channel.  It focuses primarily on popular culture.  http://www.biography.com/

Subject Directories

As an alternative to search engines, try a subject directory from our list of mostly non-commercial portals to the reviewed portion of the Web. These directories are created with academia in mind, so by using them as a finding tool, you are likely to get high-quality materials in return. They are also handy tools to use when searching for term paper topics, or for trying to narrow the focus of a topic.


Academic Info
.  Academic Info, Inc. http://www.academicinfo.net/subject-guides

10,000+ Internet sites at upper high school level and above. Emphasis lies with English language, primariliy American materials, with priority given to digital collections. Browse subjects categories or enter a search query.  



Best Information on the Net . St. Ambrose University. O'Keefe Library. http://library.sau.edu/bestinfo/

Web sites selected by librarians at St. Ambrose University. Arranged by broad subject or college major without a search option. Includes useful "Hot topics" and "Reference" sections.


Info Mine . Library of the University of California, Riverside. http://infomine.ucr.edu/

130,000 scholarly Web resources selected by California academic librarians. Browse by LC Subject Headings or LC Classification (quite different from Dewey arrangement in Bubl Link). Search the entire database, select a section, or limit by resource type.



Internet Public Library .  University of Michigan. School of Information. http://www.ipl.org/

A collection of Web sites for children, teenagers and adults. Their search program does not seem to work very well, but the site shines in their arrangement and access to reference materials, electronic texts and serials, and subject ëpathfinders', i.e. research guides to particular topics.


Internet Scout Project . 2003. University of Wisconsin-Madison. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/

17,000 Web sites selected, annotated, and assigned LC Subject Headings. Sponsored by the Computer Sciences Department at Univ. Wisconsin-Madison., contributors include faculty and students.