History Resources

Selected Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Selected National Biographical Sources

United States:

American National Biography  
Essays on people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. You'll find profiles of more than 18,000 men and women from all walks of American life, from the well-known to the infamous to the obscure.
Notable American Women, 1607-1950
"This superb biographical dictionary covers the lives of exceptional women throughout three and a half centuries of American history."  Also available in print.   See also supplements: Notable American Women: The Modern Period covering women whose death dates fall between  1951-1975 and  
Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century covering women whose death dates fall between 1976 and 1999." 
Search by name, topics and other parameters to find biographical information from multiple sources including African American National Biography (Oxford, 2008).
Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online  



Dansk Biografisk LeksikonKøbenhavn, J. H. Schultz, 1933-44.  


Dictionnaire de Biographie Française (print)
Paris, Letouzey et Ané, 1933-
Long running, unfinished serial biographical resource

Archives Biographiques Françaises.  (microfiche)
München : K.G. Saur Verlag, [c1993?]
Microfiche in Thompson Library

"Brings together into a single alphabetical arrangement entries from 122 of the most important biographical reference works for persons living during the 19th and 20th centuries through the 1960s."



Dictionary of German Biography (print)

​Dizionario biografico degli Italiani (online)