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An entire book written about the life of one individual is called a biography. Sometimes a book is written about the lives of several individuals who have something in common, such as female aviators; alternately, a book may contain brief entries on the lives of many individuals with nothing in common other than fame, such as Webster's biographical dictionary. Any collection of biographical material on more than one individual is called a collective biography. Often a well-known person writes about his or her own life. A book written by its own subject is an autobiography.
Depending on who your subject is, and how much information you need on him or her, you can look for biographical information in the following places:
Some of the general biographical sources available in Shorter's libraries are:
Current biography yearbook. (1940 - current)
Dictionary of national biography. (1901 - 1985)
Encyclopedia of American biography.
Encyclopedia of world biography in Gale Reference Resources
Men of mark in Georgia.
Notable American women: 1607 - 1950.
Notable American women: The modern period.
Merriam-Webster's biographical dictionary 
Webster's biographical dictionary.
Who was who in America (1607 - 1989).
Who's who in America.
World leaders of the twentieth century.
Subject-specific biographical material (such as that on artists, musicians, educators, religious figures, etc.) is also available in the reference collection within the call number for that subject. For instance, here are some subject-specific biographical sources located outside the 920s:
African American writers.
American men and women of science.
American Women Songwriters: A Biographical Dictionary.
American writers: A collection of literary biographies.
Biographical dictionary of Christian missions.
Encyclopedia of the great composers and their music.
Lives of the popes: The pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II.
The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians.
Nobel laureates, 1901-2000.
A reader's guide to twentieth-century writers.
The Scribner encyclopedia of American lives: Sports figures.
Who's who in American art.
Who's who in finance and industry.
Women writers in the United States: A timeline of literary, cultural, and social history.
*Part of the Database Offerings in GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Library.
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