Monday, April 14, 2014

Who Are These People? Researching Life Stories with Gale Biography In Context

Be it science, entertainment, or prose: every subject on the planet is bound together by studying the people involved. That's why the Gale Biography In Context database offers a one-stop shop for learning about the key people in every subject imaginable.

To access this database, visit the library’s website at and click Research on the horizontal menu bar near the top of the page.  In the drop down menu, click Databases by Subject.

Next, click on Biography and select Gale Biography In Context.  The link will take you straight to the database.  If you are using a computer outside the library, you will be prompted to enter your library card number to access the site.

Use the search bar on the right to enter a topic as shown on the image below.

Biography In Context will generate a plethora of relevant content from every type of source needed for any research project (including periodicals, academic journals, websites, news articles, videos and related topics) all in one easy to access menu. Selected content from each source type is also displayed on the topic page along with a handy tool box and fact box menu.

You can also use the "Browse People" button to look up people by category: American First Ladies, Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Notable Olympians, and many more. You can also search by Occupation, Nationality, and Birthplace. Interested in seeing which famous people were born in Houma? Just click "Birthplace" above the search box, type in Houma, and find out!

If you're looking for information you can trust about notable people, Biography in Context is the place to go!

Rob Jenkins
Reference Associate