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What you can learn from this page:
A biography tells you a story about a person’s life, personality, character, attitudes, or impact on their community and broader society. It can talk about their childhood, education, career, family relationships and friendships.
There are three main types of biography:
It’s important to understand that:
When you don't have a specific person's name:
Try some of these more specific terms, especially when searching for older or more obscure people or topics. Not all books have the word 'biography' or 'memoir' in their title or catalogue description.
For examples of written recollections try:
For examples of verbal recollections try:
Use the following catalogues and databases to search for influential, nationally or internationally known people. If your person is less well known or known only in their local area try local newspaper sources.
These databases are not full-text but they are still extremely helpful as they will give you all the necessary publication details that you need to search for the item using UOW databases, local library catalogues or to request the item via Document Delivery.