TC Library's Subscription Databases and the World Wide Web offer a large number of valuable sites to those biographies in any field. We have gathered some of these here and have arranged them into two major categories.  Click on the hyperlink to go to that category. Databases and Websites: A Classified Library.   For books and other materials (print and electronic) in the Library collection, be sure to check our catalog.


Biography in Context

CREDO Reference

Infotrac Newsstand

Encyclopedia Britannica

Gale Infotrac Books and Authors

Gale Virtual Reference I

Heritage Quest

Infotrac I General Reference Center Gold

Infotrac I General Onefile

Lexis Nexis Academic Universe

Literature Resource Center

Oxford  Art Online

Oxford Music Online

Statesman's Yearbook

 Biography in Context "is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text."

CREDO REFERENCE Access to several reference e-books containing biographical information including the "Marquis Who's Who" series.

INFOTRAC NEWSSTAND  "is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. Finally, a one-stop source for the day's news and searchable archives. You can customize your online newspaper database features including search options. With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can search a collection of thousands of national, international, state and local newspapers, then select your own screen appearance, search options and results format."

ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, the world's first commercial on-line encyclopedia is available to members of the Tusculum College Community.  Source of general biographical information from throughout history.     

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OXFORD ART ONLINE  provides online access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art with constant additions of new material and updates, plus extensive image links and search capabilities. Look here for painters and other artists.

OXFORD MUSIC ONLINE is an integrated online music resource that includes the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera as well as Oxford Dictionary of Music.  Profiles of all sorts of musicians are included.

INFOTRAC , from TEL , is a  one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of biographies from politicians to sports heroes, scientists, feminists and entertainers. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily. May be employed with the more academic EXPANDED ACADEMIC ASAP, ACADEMIC ONEFILE,  and GENERAL REFERENCE CENTER GOLD.

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LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER, from Gale , provides access to  biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of thousands of authors from every age and literary discipline. Check here for writers from Cicero to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

THE STATESMAN'S YEARBOOK is an excellent and current resource for government information from around the world.   Includes biographical information of political leaders and those involved in world government.    back to top




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Foreign Kings and Rulers



  In order to avoid a lengthy list of links, we have broken this site up into a subjective series of alphabetically-arranged major categories. Beyond our effort, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you visit The World Wide Web Virtual Library  History: Central Links Catalogue; this site, originally developed at the University of Kansas,  is the most important for historians and social scientists on the entire Web. The WWWVL also contains biographies in other areas scattered around its topical or alphabetical listings. Another source of value is Social Science Information Gateway; resources here include articles, reports, bibliographic databases, organizations, etc.


Biographical Dictionary, provides profiles for 28,000 people...
Biography.Com reviews the accomplishments of famous and infamous individuals...
Conversations With History is an extraordinary site in which diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists talk about their lives and their work; they reminisce about their participation in great events and  share their perspectives on the past, while reflecting  on what the future may hold. These interview transcripts span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world. At the heart of each interview is a focus on individuals and ideas that make a difference. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, this site covers the period from 1982 to date...
Infoplease Biography, details 30,000 lives and has a search engine...
Nobel e-Museum  History of the Nobel prize the foundation and biographies of its winners.
People Index, lifelines of important persons from date of birth to date of death.           back to top
Who2  , Who2 gives you the hard facts you're most likely looking for: birth and death dates, famous works, notorious trivia. Then -- in case that's not enough -- we sift the Web and pick out the four best sites for additional detail. Includes classic authors, movie stars, famous frauds, kings and queens, mythical gods, cartoon dogs, criminals,  as well as music groups with cross references.


Ain't I a Woman?  Full text of Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman" speech.
The Negro is Your Brother,  a landmark document now known as 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail," was a handwritten response from jail by Dr. King to a public statement issued by white religious leaders of the South." Provided by Stanford University's Martin Luther King Jr.'s Papers project:


Artists Index provides biographies of over 8,000 registered artists; choose by period, media, or by artist's last name.
Classical Composers Database includes brief biography, links to music samples and links to more information about each composer.
Composer Master Index   allows you to find biographies of performers either alphabetically or to search for them.
In-Depth Studies of Artists and Works of Art from the National Gallery of Art;  has several online exhibitions and information about artists.
The Mozart Project compositions, biography, and more.
Painters alphabetical, chronolgical or geographical indexes of painters whose art was chosen from eighteen national museums in France.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  Biographies of inductees and contributors to rock and roll. 
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The Ballplayers provides profiles, with bibliographies, for approximately 10,000 big league baseball players, umpires, and executives.
ESPN's Top North American Athletes of the Century profiles the best 100 athletes of the 20th century.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees information on all the inductees enshrined at Canton, Ohio, annually..
NBA Player Profiles offers stats, video and audio clips, news articles and more about most  NBA players.
USA Basketball Women's Bios from USA Basketball, "a non-profit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States."


The British Monarchy, 1042-1952 provides links to sites for kings and queens...
British Prime Ministers, 1760-1960 is a series of links
Egyptian Kings  features brief biographies of Egyptian kings from 2920 BC to 565 AD.
France's Kings of the 18th Century  includes both brief and indepth biographies of these kings.
Imperium Romanum: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors  is arranged by period or alphabetical.
Kings and Queens of Europe permits you to choose the region and then the era to find out information about European royalty.
Medieval People provides biographies of medieval artists, musicians, authors, religious figures, royalty, nobility,
and more.
Rulers notes current rulers of the world indexed by country.


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: Biographies provides detailed biographies of accomplished, successful and famous
Hispanic people.
Famous Hispanics in the World and History  is an alphabetical list of biographies of Hispanic achievers of all fields from around the globe.  Last update in 2005.   back to top


Links to North American Indian Biography Sites  provides links to hundreds of biographies of Native Americans.
Powerful [Native American] People--Biographies of  historical figures (e. g., Chief Joseph, Tecumseh, and Sequoyah) and contemporary Native Americans (like Wilma Mankiller and Ben Nighthorse Campbell).



Catalog of the Scientific Community in the 16th and 17th Centuries includes birth and death dates, nationality, education, religion, area of scientific study and much more for more than 600 scientists.
Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography, includes a thousand references with a search engine...
Indexes of Biographies is a  comprehensive guide to mathematicians.


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American Presidents: Life Portraits...
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-to date...
Founding Fathers, provides info on all 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787...
From Revolution to Reconstruction: Biographies, arranged alphabetically...
Presidents provides biographies, speeches, and writings of the presidents of the United States.
Presidents of the United States  is a detailed site from the Internet Public Library.
The Vice President of the United States (President of the Senate) explains the office of vice president and gives in depth biographies.
Who's Who in American History: Civil War to Present is small, but useful...


National Women's Hall of Fame  Over 200 biographies of women of the United States inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Notable Women Ancestors: Womens Biographies is an exciting page offered in co-operation with the History Channel and updated frequently...
Women World Leaders, 1945-date, offers biographies and links.     back to top

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