Biography Index Past and Present (H.W. Wilson)

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Reliable Information About Notable Individuals

Combining retrospective coverage with current indexing, this database offers users comprehensive, reliable information and insight about remarkable people from all periods of history and walks of life. It covers Biography Index from its first publication in 1946 through the present day and includes citations for material published as early as 1914.

Powerful Biographical Resource for All

Biography Index Past and Present is perfect for anyone searching for detailed biographical information, including students, scholars, media professionals, book clubs and researchers.

Indexed biographical subjects range from antiquity to the present and represent all fields and nationalities, providing contextual information on writers, artists, statesmen, sports figures, politicians, religious leaders, actors, business people and other important individuals. 

The information is reflected in citations from thousands of periodicals internationally, as well as from notable books indexed back to 1946. Unedited over time, entries on individuals accurately reflect the perspective of the era during which they were written.


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