These resources are great starting points because they can take you directly to information about your person or identify information from a wide range of sources. Pay attention to how you search. Typing the last name first is usually a good idea. Sometimes sources may use initials or full names or there could be variant spellings. Allow for all possibilities in your searching.
From the Article Databases select Biographies as the type to see all the biographical databases.
Information on the lives of over 19,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. Ranges in time from the earliest recorded European explorations to the very recent past.
Content from "Black Biographical Dictionaries 1790-1950." Can generate a list of people based on geographical area, occupation, religion, gender, and a range of birth and death dates. More than 29,000 entries.
Searchable collection of reference books and encyclopedias in electronic format. Titles cover arts, biography, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, science, and social science.