Electronic Resources from Boston Public Library
Massachusetts residents are eligible to use the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) online databases at no charge. You will need a BPL card to access these resources. If you do not already have a BPL e-card, you can register for one by clicking here.
Credo Reference is a giant online reference library that provides access to as many as 162 reference books, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, books of quotations, as well as a range of subject-specific titles all cross-referenced throughout the collection. Special features include a crossword solver and conversion calculators.
Electronic Resources from Maynard Public Library
Note: For home access to the library's e-resources, you will need your Minuteman Library card number to log in.
This resource gives contextual information on notable persons throughout history. Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, gender, or keyword. Provides periodicals and multimedia.
Biographies at the Library
Note: All biographies in the library have a call number of 92 and then the last name of the person it is written about. Collective biographies (several people included in one book or series) have a call number of 920.
Biographies are located in both the adult collection on the 2nd floor as well as in the Children's Room on the 3rd floor.
From the Biography Channel, this site features excellent biographical information, photos, news articles, connections with other notable persons, and in some cases videos about the person.
Provides brief biographies of current and former members of the United States Congress.
Nobel Prize Internet Archive
This site maintains biographical information on all winners in all areas of the Nobel Prize.
Especially helpful for recently famous people, this site has excellent biographical sketches detailing the person's rise to prominence. Also provides helpful bibliographical sources.
S9 Biographical Dictionary
S9.com is a Wikipedia type system that allows anyone to edit biographies or even create their own. S9.com was established in 1997 and since then has grown into one of the largest biography sites on the planet.
Contains nearly 4,000 biographies and is broken into categories such as presidents, musicians, activists, artists, etc. Good starting point to get basic information on a person.
Reference Collection Resources
Current Biography Yearbook
This is a compilation of the monthly Current Biography. This is an excellent place for newly famous people or for little-known information about famous people. This is a terrific starting point for a biography paper, or to get a background on a famous person.
The library has this yearbook dating back to 1955 in the Reference Collection. A cumulative index makes easy work of locating biographies of individuals profiled from the first edition published in 1940 to today.