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Library Online Resources for Biography and Genealogy

Alphabetical list of databases:
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Databases (TexShare icon indicates a TexShare database) - Relevant Web Sites
   Database Description Full Text Service
American National Biography Online Offers portraits of more than 17,400 men and women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped the nation. Published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. Full Text Icon OUP
Biography & 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. Sources indexed include biographical dictionaries, subject encyclopedias, volumes of literary criticism, and indexes   TexShare icon Gale
Gale Virtual Reference Library A database of specialized encyclopedias and other reference sources for multidisciplinary research Full Text Icon Gale
HeritageQuest Online A research collection of over 25,000 family and local histories plus complete U.S. Federal Census records, from 1790 to 1930 Full Text Icon TexShare icon ProQuest
Historical Christian Science Monitor Searchable digital archive offering full-text and full-image access to the newspaper’s complete backfiles from 1908 to 1995. Full Text Icon ProQuest
Historical Los Angeles Times Searchable digital archive offering full-text and full-image access to the newspaper’s complete backfiles from 1881 to 1986. Full Text Icon ProQuest
Historical New York Times Searchable digital archive offering full-text and full-image access to the newspaper’s complete backfiles from 1851 to 2005. Full Text Icon ProQuest
Historical Wall Street Journal Searchable digital archive offering full-text and full-image access to the newspaper’s complete backfiles from 1889 to 1991. Full Text Icon ProQuest
Historical Washington Post Searchable digital archive offering full-text and full-image access to the newspaper’s complete backfiles from 1877 to 1992. Full Text Icon ProQuest
Literature Resource Center Search this database to find detailed biographical information on more than 100,000 authors from all eras, including fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, playwrights, prominent print and broadcast journalists, editors, photojournalists, syndicated cartoonists, screenwriters, television scriptwriters, and other media people. Full Text Icon TexShare icon Gale
Academic Search Complete A comprehensive scholarly, multidisciplinary database, featuring thousands of full-text journals. This resource offers coverage of information spanning a broad range of important areas of academic study including: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women’s studies, zoology, and many other fields. full text icon TexShare icon EBSCOhost
American FactFinder Population, economic, housing, and geographic data, especially Census 2000 data. Produced by the Census Bureau Full Text Icon Gov/Library of Congress
American Memory Project Gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections Full Text Icon Gov/Library of Congress
Ancestry Library Edition This tool provides patrons with instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day. Full Text Icon Proquest
ArchiveGrid Online service that provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions. It includes nearly a million descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. Full Text Icon OCLC
Bibliography of Native North Americans BNNA is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.   TexShare icon EBSCOhost
Dallas Morning News Historical Archive A unique historical digital image collection accessible by keyword and date searching. It documents major events in Texas, the United States, and the world, providing valuable primary source information. Classified and display advertising, photos and graphics are also included. Full Text Icon NewsBank
Encyclopedia of World Biography A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture. Full Text Icon Gale
European Views of the Americas: 1493 - 1750 Bibliographic database of European works that relate to the Americas. This database contains more than 32,000 entries and is an extensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.   Free/EBSCOhost
Films on Demand Films On Demand is a Web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7. Choose from thousands of high-quality educational titles in dozens of subject areas. Special features allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, create and share playlists, personalize folders. Full Text Icon Films for the Humanities and the Sciences
Issues and Controversies Online source of information on the most prominent and hotly debated issues of the day.  Includes biographical facts on contemporary notables. Full Text Icon Facts on File News Services
Opposing Viewpoints in Context Online library of current event topics. This database provides viewpoint essays, reference sources, statistics, magazine and newspaper articles, primary documents and recommended websites and images (when available) to present various sides of contemporary social issues. Full Text Icon Gale
Texas Reference Center Texas Reference Center includes more than 80 full text journals and books about Texas history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure. The database contains biographies portraying famous historical and contemporary Texans such as George Herbert Walker Bush, Lady Bird Johnson, Dan Moody, Susanna Dickinson and Sam Houston. Also available in the Texas Reference Center is the Spanish-language newspaper El Sol de Texas with Texas and national news coverage. This EBSCOhost database is updated weekly. Full Text Icon TexShare icon EBSCOhost
TOPICsearch This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms. TOPICsearch contains full text for over 102,800 articles from more than 2,500 diverse sources, including more than 1,550 full text periodicals. Full Text Icon TexShare icon EBSCOhost
WorldCat OCLC catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide (includes records formerly found in NetFirst)   FirstSearch
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Biographical Memoirs Published since 1877, Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased National Academy of Sciences members, written by those who knew them or their work. These biographies provide a personal and scholarly view of the lives and work of America’s most distinguished scientists and a biographical history of science in the United States. A searchable database of over 25,000 contemporary biographies from the world of politics, arts and entertainment, science, business, and sports
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System Computerized database from the National Park Service containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. Currently contains approximately 2.5 million soldier names from over 30 states and territories. Also includes regimental histories, significant battles, and other historical information.
Distinguished Women of Past and Present Biographical information about women collected from many Internet sources. The list of women is very extensive, and searching can be done by subject or name. Includes an excellent listing of related sites. Excellent resource for those beginning to do genealogy and family history to learn the basics of research. Includes “how-to articles, genealogy classes and other resources.” Also includes information on getting started and organized; developing research skills; a Biography Assistant for writing biographies about family or an autobiography; research tips on using government records and much more.
Genealogy Resources on the Internet This site contains over 100 links to genealogy resources divided by geographic location , genealogical societies, associations and databases, libraries and archives, on-line periodicals, and many more.
Genealogy Today: Civil War Resources Browsable list of Web links to U.S. Civil War resources. Extensive collection of regimental histories.
Lives, the Biography Resource Largest guide to biography sites on the Web. Links to thousands of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, oral histories and more. Links to group biographies about people who share a common profession, historical era or geography. Covers only deceased individuals.
Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia Contains information on all Supreme Court justices, contemporary and historical. Contains case directory searchable by subject.
State Specific Resources Directory of annotated links for genealogy resources compiled by state archives and state libraries.
USGenWeb Project This comprehensive site provides links to all the state genealogy Web sites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. They also sponsor Special Archiving Projects that include putting all U.S. Census data online; transcribing cemetery tombstone information; tracking single lineage; and genealogy for children. In addition, there is an excellent guide to doing genealogy research that also includes such information as caring for old documents; repairing old books; preserving old photographs; and publishing your results.