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 in searchable, electronic format. Readers can find accurate, up-to-date biographies, draw from newspaper and magazine articles, as well as from books. The views of the subject are offered, along with the commentaries of journalists and colleagues.

Comprehensive Searching

Students and library patrons can search by occupation or activity, gender, place of origin, birth day, lifespan, or any combination of these search criteria. 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.

Extensive Content

The database offers new monthly biographies on current newsmakers, and includes content from the Current Biography International Yearbook and biographies not found in print from Current Biography Electronic. Obituaries for individuals from previous editions of Current Biography originally compiled in print for Current Biography Yearbook and Current Biography International Yearbook are also available, and new ones are added upon a person’s death, while biographies of living people are targeted for update on a regular basis.  


Having so much full text available makes life easier for the library staff. Our patrons like having full text available at their fingertips.

– Karen McQuillen, Share Knowledge Manager, Educational Testing Service (ETS)