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History 3296: Biopic - Hollywood and American History: Historical Biography

Research guide for professor Greg Urwin's Intermediate Writing Seminar in American History

ANB Online

American National Biography Online logo

American National Biography (or ANB) is the standard reference work for finding credible information about the lives of significant persons in American history.

Need help choosing a person to research? Click the Search tab on the ANB homepage. Now click the "complete list" link halfway down the page -- just after "Occupations & Realms of Renown." Select from a list of categories that include Animal Rights Activists, Black Nationalists, Gay Rights Activists, Social Reformers, Sports and Games, Suffragists, and many others.

Biographical Databases

The following Temple databases provide information about a wide range of historical and contemporary persons. Each allows the researcher to simultaneously search across multiple reference works. Mouse over a database title for more information. Items in bold are my preferred biographical databases.

Guide Author

Rebecca Lloyd
Paley Library
Room 319