Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jun 07, 2018     Views: 1285

You can find Information about the life, accomplishments, and motivation of an influential person in books, encyclopedias, and on websites.


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You may not be able to find a scholarly article about your individual. 

Scholarly content tends to focus on research and issues in a field—not on the authors or practitioners themselves. Additionally, contemporary researchers may not have books or encyclopedia entries written about them. You may need to rely on websites if you're interested in someone from the present day or someone who is more obscure.


Below are some different ways you can find biographical information.

Find biographies (books)

You can search for biographies of historic or influential people.

Learn how to find biographies in the Walden Library.


Find encyclopedia entries on a person

You can look for encyclopedia entries that contain biographical information.

Learn how to find biographical information in encyclopedias.



Find articles or chapters about the person

You can find articles, books, and other materials by searching our multi-database search tool, Thoreau.

Learn how to search Thoreau for information about a person.



Find webpages about the person

You may be able to find biographical information or professional accomplishments by doing an Internet search.

Learn how to find information about a person on the Internet.



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