Web Links



Biography.com - Over 25,000 individuals list, both past and present.

Biographical Dictionary-Offering information on more than 28,000 persons.

Black History Biographies - A free resource from Gale, a publisher of library books and databases.

Distinguished Women - Search for biographies of famous women both past and present.

Encyclopedia Britannica - Off-campus access of this database requires an network login activation each semester. Online Database Log-in Instructions

Historical Figure Biographies - Brief biographies from the BBC.

The History Makers - Project that aims to interview 5,000 well-known and unsung African American history makers. 

Internet Public Library: Biographies - Web links broken down into categories.

Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement - Biographies from Bridgewater State University.

Nobel Prize Winner Biographies  - Browse or search for Nobel Prize winners.  

State Digital Resources - Look up biographies in state encyclopedias.


American Masters - PBS series covering the life and works of visual artists, performing artists, musicians, authors, and film/television makers. Past episode pages include biographies, timelines, and more.

the-artists.org - Modern and contemporary visual artists.

Artists' Biographies

Artcyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine - Find images, articles, museum exhibits, and other links related to thousands of artists. Biographies can be found on museum pages, under articles, or misc. websites.

Dictionary of Art Historians - A biographical dictionary of historians, museum directors, and scholars of art.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art history - Thematic essays and timelines on architects, artists, and art movements.

Internet Public Library: Artists & Architects Biographies

Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)-Contains around 220,000 names and other information about artists.

Universal Leonardo - Research his life, explore themes behind his art, and more.

Voices From The Gaps: Biographies - Women writers and artists of color.  


American Academy of Poets - Biographies, poetry, poetry reading, writing, and more.

American Writers - A website of biographies and multimedia on American writers 1600 to present.

Author Guides - The LRC's author guides contain biographies in the library and online.

Biographies: The Poets -General utility site, the descriptions of the poets' lives and works are usually succinct.

Book Lovers-Great Writers -Personal page lists writers that have achieved "world literature level" and have at least one "significant" web page devoted to them.

Digital Dante Project - Read about him, his works, view image collections, and find other Internet resources.

Modern American Poetry - Biographies can be found under each poet's about poetry section or life and career section.

Representative Poetry Online - Information on the lives and works of poets.

The Poetry Foundation - Poets from around the world.

Voices From The Gaps: Biographies - Women writers and artists of color. 

Writing Out Loud Interviews on Write TV - Interviews with writers, poets, artists, biographers, memoirists, and journalists.  


All-Media Guide -Provides information on all types of musicians, with biographical details presented in six languages, information on recordings, tours and history, listings and links to major influences and a summary of the artist's/group's achievements. 

Blues Artist Biographies

Composers of African Descent

Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Classical Composers - Abridged biographical information on world composers.

Internet Public Library: Musicians & Composers Biographies

Music History 102 - IPL guide to Western composers and their music from the Middle Ages to present.

Naxos- Biographies of classical composers.

Jazz (PBS) - Biographies of jazz artists.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Biographical sketches of individuals induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Politics, Government, War

American Presidency Collection - Contains over 55,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency.

American President: Resource on the U.S. Presidents - Contains oral histories, recordings, speeches, audio presentations about the presidents, and more.

Congressional Biographical Directory - Biographical directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - present.

First Ladies Gallery - Biographical information about the first ladies of the United States.

History Makers- Biographies of some of the most prominent Americans in history.

Meet the Founding Fathers - Biographies of all of the founding fathers that were delegates at the Constitutional Convention. Created by the National Archives and Record Administration.

Internet Public Library: Politicians & Rulers Biographies

Lincoln/Net - Presents materials from Lincoln's Illinois years (1830-1861), supplemented by resources from Illinois' early years of statehood (1818-1829).  

The Oyez Project - Biographical information on the U.S Supreme Court Justices, both past and present.

Political Graveyard-Provides basic biographical information on tens of thousands of politicians and lists where they are buried.

POTUS - Presidents of the United States.

U.S. Army Center for Military History

Women's Legal History Biography Project - Biographies of women in the field of law.

WWI Biographical Dictionary - Biographical information on prominent individuals of the World War I. 

Religion & Philosophy

Cardinals Biographical Dictionary - A biographical dictionary of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, 1903-2005.

Guide to Philosophy on the Internet (Suber)

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Contains peer-reviewed, academic entries on philosophers.

Internet Public Library: Leading Religious Figures

Major World Philosophers-Basic information about the major philosophers of the world.

Catholic Encyclopedia: Biographies of Popes

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Contains biographical information of world philosophers. 

Virtual Religion Index - Annotated catalog of hyperlinks for research in fields related to religion. This index is designed as a tool for students with little time. It analyzes & highlights important content of religion-related websites to speed research.

Search Engines

Freeality- Offers users a variety of sources for searching online biographies.

Yahoo:People -There is a general list of categories followed by site listings.

Science & Math

4000 Years of Women in Science - Biographical sketches of women scientists.

Anthropological Biographies-Biographies of noted anthropologists.

Biographies of Biologists

Chemical Heritage Foundation People Section

Einstein Archives Online (EAO) has more than 900 scientific documents and personal papers. The site houses a database of 40,000 documents, images and records on Albert Einstein's life and work.

Eric Weisstein's World of Science - Contains growing encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics.

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences - Information both past and present on African American scientists.

Internet Public Library: Scientists and Inventors Biography Links

Life Sciences Foundation - Tells the history of biotechnology through timelines, oral histories, feature stories, videos, and archives.

MacTutor History - Biographies of mathematicians.

Mathematicians-Comprehensive site with detailed biographies of mathematicians.

National Inventors Hall of Fame - Biographies of inventors that have been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Science Biography Links recommended by the Library of Congress.

Women Mathematicians sponsored by Agnes Scott College.

Television & Movies

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Emmy TV Interviews

Internet Movie Database (IMDB)

Internet Public Library: Entertainer Biographies