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Selected Databases and Print Resources

Publications containing large numbers of biographies, with a focus on people from the U.S. and Great Britain. Since many of these publications tend to include primarily White males, please ask us for assistance finding other biographies.

How to search Compass for biographies

The terms Biography and Biographies can be searched in Compass (a) as keywords, and/or (b) as subjects. The keyword search in (a) is a broader search retrieving more results. Try the subject search in (b) for more precise results.

  2. [YOUR TOPIC OR PERSON'S NAME] AND d:(biograph*)

What call numbers do biographies have?

General biographies are found in call numbers beginning with CT. Biographies of people associated with specific subjects are found in the call numbers related to those subjects. (Examples are below the table.)

What call numbers do biographies have?
Call number beginning with Description
CT General biography.
[various] Biography associated with specific subjects


The call number for The International who's who is: CT120 .I5, where CT120 is the call number for general 20th century American and English collective biography.

The call number for Shirley Chisholm: champion of Black feminist power politics is: E840.8.C48 C87 2022, where E840 is the call number for later twentieth century U.S. history, 1961-2000.

The call number for Harvesting history: McCormick's reaper, heritage branding, and historical forgery is: HD9486.U44 M33 2023, where HD9486 is the call number for agricultural implements, including threshing machines.