Biography

 

General

A & E's Biography
http://www.biography.com
This site is maintained by the A & E Television Networks. It contains bios on over 25,000 names as well as program information.

Biographical Dictionary
http://www.s9.com/biography/
An online dictionary maintained by S9 Technologies, this service covers over 28,000 men and women from ancient history to the present. Various keyword searching is available including professions, achievements, and birth and death years.

Biography Classroom
http://www.aetv.com/class/
This portion of A & E’s Web site contains tools for educators related to entertainment. There are also “Teachers’ Picks,” links by subject area available for teachers.

Discoverers' Web
http://www.win.tue.nl/~engels/discovery/index.html
A PhD student in the Netherlands maintains this Web site with links to information about famous discoverers from different time periods. The explorers are arranged by time periods and regions of the world.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present
http://www.DistinguishedWomen.com/
This site, searchable by name and subject, contains information about influential women in art, history, education, science, politics, and many other areas. Some are historical figures, while others are contemporary persons. The site was created as a compilation of information on accomplished women who may or may not have received credit in textbooks and other tradition means of learning.

Index of Saints
http://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php
An alphabetical index of saints by Catholic Online.

Lists of Popes
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12272b.htm
The index of 266 popes is provided by the New Catholic Encyclopedia. Substantial biographical information is provided, as well as hotlinks to topics mentioned throughout.

National Inventors Hall of Fame
http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/1_1_search.aspent.org/book/
The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. maintains this site with information about contemporary and historical inductees.

National Women's Hall of Fame
http://www.greatwomen.org/
Portraits and profiles of over 200 notable women of the United States. Includes Helen Keller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Maria Tallchief, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Edith Wharton, and Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias. Nominees are women "whose contributions to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, the humanities, philanthropy and science, have been the greatest value." Searchable. (LII)

NNDB Tracking the Entire World
http://www.nndb.com/
"intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead."

 

Literary

Celebration of Women Writers
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/
This University of Pennsylvania library site features novels, poems, biographies, and scientific works designed to illuminate the varied works by women authors. The site is comprised of biographical information with hyperlinks, bibliographies, and writing samples and is a feature of the Penn Online Books Page containing free books on the Web.

Political

American Presidents: Life Portraits from CSPAN
http://www.americanpresidents.org
This C-Span Web site was created for the television series and features a video archive of all American Presidents: Life Portraits programs, as well as reference material for each presidency.

Biographical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress 1774-present
http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp
All members of the U.S. Congress are searchable on this United States Government site.

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/world-leaders-1/index.html
This online directory is updated weekly by the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

Presidents of the United States
http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/
The Internet Public Library, a public service of the University of Michigan School of Information, provides links to information about all of the United States Presidents.