Current Biography Illustrated (H.W. Wilson)

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Essential Full-Text Source for Accurate Biographies

This 100% full-text database offers the content of Current Biography publications, from 1940 to the present, in searchable, electronic format. The collection consists of over 30,000 biographies and obituaries, covering more than 20,000 individuals.

Comprehensive Searching

Readers will be able to find accurate, up-to-date biographies drawing information from newspaper and magazine articles, and books. The views of the subject are offered, as are the commentaries of journalists and colleagues.

In addition to new monthly biographies on current newsmakers, obituaries are added upon a subject’s death, and biographies of living people are targeted for update on a regular basis.

Students and library patrons can search by Occupation or Activity, Gender, Place of Origin, Birth Day, Lifespan, or any combination. Users can also browse indexes to retrieve targeted results. Indexes include: Biography Name, Document Type, Ethnicity, Geographic Terms, Journal Name, Nationality, Occupation, and Place of Birth.

In addition to written material, Current Biography Illustrated contains a searchable collection of over 35,000 images.


Advanced Search, with its elegantly laid-out tool set for crafting very precise search strategies, gives the user great control over the whole search process.

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