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Biography Resource Center provides biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. It contains approximately 250,000 biographies and complete articles from nearly 250 periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death years and places, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search path.

Search tips:

  • If, for example, you are given an assignment to write on a female engineer you can find one using Biography Resource Center. Select Biographical Fact Search and within in it search by occupation and gender to get a list of women engineers covered in the database.
  • Find an exact phrase with the help of the W operator. You can narrow your searches by requiring that the search terms appear as a phrase in the order that you typed them. For example, if you are looking for time travel, search for these words as a phrase, time W1 travel. (It literally means find time "within 1 word of" travel.)
  • A hyphen (-) used between two words is considered part of the term. If you are searching for a name that normally contains a hyphen, include the hyphen.

Where is it :

Go to the UNLV Libraries' home page. Under Find, select Articles, then under Article databases by name, click on the letter B and select Biography Resource Center.

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