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HSS 300 - Personalities from Early America through the Civil War: Secondary Sources: Books, Journals, & Online Sources

Selected Databases for Biographical Research

Use these databases to locate general information about people that encountered a specific event and/or a specific person.

Search the OWHL Catalog

   Oliver Wendell Holmes Library Catalog


Website Sources

Google can also be very useful for biographical information. However, it is important to Google WISELY. Remember the ABCs of website evaluation: authority, bias, and currency. If you are not sure if a website is legitimate or cite-able, just ask a librarian!

Did your person create or found an organization? Perhaps that organization has a page dedicated to that person and their history.

Museums can also be great places to go, even if your focus is not on art or an artist. Consider the following: