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Resources for research on famous figures. Includes guidance for finding books, articles, and websites.

Books at Rowan

Most of the biographical information you find in the databases will be short, basic information or some primary sources from newspapers. Books are necessary for more in-depth information on the subject. Depending on the direction of your research, autobiographies can be used as primary sources.

All Books at Rowan

To find books use Rowan's Library Search and limit the material type to Books. You can do this either from the Advanced Search page (use the Material Type drop-down menu on the right) or from a search results page (use the Resource Type limiter).  


Search for an autobiography in Library Search by typing in the subject's name into a search box and limiting the search to  "Author/Creator" (available in the the "Any field" drop-down box).


To find biographies  use the Library Search "Advanced Search." In the first search box, type in the subject's name. In the next search box type biography OR memoir. The drop down menu between the search boxes should remain on "AND."

Books Beyond Rowan

Can't find a book in Library Search? You can get the book on loan from another library through E-ZBorrow (12-week loan) or Interlibrary Loan.

Use Worldcat to search for books at libraries across the world.