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Researching Biographical Subjects

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1) Find and read the articles and books written by the subject (search LISA and LLIS for complete coverage, but as a short cut search the 200 plus citations on virtual reference at http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:6f5l_FD0GvcJ:vrhome.virtualreference.net/johnrbiblio.htm%2Bjohnrbiblio&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=1 and the 1000 citations at http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/jrichardson/dis220/urt.htm

 

 

 

2)Note the institutional affiliation. Search the online directory for that institution and find additional information re archives (especially any finding aids).

 

2) If your subject is older and/or deceased, look at the appropriate Who’s Who in Library Service (editions of 1933, 1943, 1966, 1970, 1982, and 1988 which is on a CD-ROM).

 

3) Check Biography and Geneaology Master Index to find out what other biographical sources have covered your subject.

 

4) If deceased, check the New York Times Obituary Index and local newspaper indexes.

 

5) If deceased, check the Dictionary of American Library Biography and each of the supplements.

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