Databases for Research: Biography

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AccessScience - McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
(McGraw-Hill) Provides science & technology encyclopaedic entries, including recent research developments, biographies of scientists, and late-breaking science and technology news.
Canada's Information Resource Centre (CIRC)Canadian content
(Grey House) Online access to nine Grey House Reference tools: Canadian Almanac and Directory, Associations Canada, Financial Services Canada, Canadian Environmental Resource Guide, Canadian Parliamentary Guide, Governments Canada, Libraries Canada, History of Canada, and Canadian Who's Who.
Canadian Literary CentreCanadian content
(EBSCO) Provides access to Canadian literary resources including: biographies, criticism, essays and book reviews.
Current Biography
(EBSCO) Provides access to over 25000 profiles and obituaries that have appeared in Current Biography since 1940 as well as over 19000 images.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineOpen Access databaseCanadian content
(Library and Archives Canada) Provides access to authoritative biographical information about significant figures of Canada's past, including both detailed articles on Canada's major historical figures, and short articles on minor personages.
Literary Reference Center and Canadian Literary CentreCanadian content
(EBSCO) Provides access to author biographies, literary criticism, book reviews, essays, plot summaries, poetry, short stories and novels.
Literature Resource Center
(Gale) Provides access to literary criticism, biographical information, interviews and reviews on more than 140,000 authors and their works.
Oxford Art OnlineCanadian content(Please note our subscription is for a maximum of 14 concurrent users only. Please click "Logout" in the top-right corner of the database when you are done.)
(Oxford University Press) Provides access to an extensive art collection including: Grove Art Online, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Pop Culture Universe
(EDU Reference / ABC-CLIO ) A digital library of information and book content on American and world popular culture, past and present. Useful for research on the history, events, trends, and fads of specific decades or historical eras.
Short Story Criticism
(Gale) Online access to the print version of Gale's Short Story Criticism series, offering analysis of short stories and other works of short fiction.

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