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Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus) Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)
Gale Group
Gale Group
Biographical information on individuals throughout history, with current reference sources.
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Updates vary. Some entries may be out of date.

"The Biography Resource Center (BioRC) is a comprehensive database of biographical information on over 320,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. It combines nearly 415,000 biographies from more than 780 volumes of over 130 respected Gale Group sources such as Contemporary Authors, Encyclopedia of World Biography, Newsmakers, Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television, Contemporary Musicians, Historic World Leaders, Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists, Contemporary Black Biography, Religious Leaders of America, International Dictionary of Art and Artists, Writers Directory, and many more, with over 2.5 million full-text articles from 250 magazines including American History, The Christian Century, Saturday Night, and U.S. News & World Report. This powerful combination gives the researcher instant access to the wealth of biographical data compiled by Gale over more than 50 years, as well as more than 21,000 images, in-depth coverage of key events, and up-to-date reporting that can be found in magazines." (IUCAT)

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Children's Literature
  • Theatre and Drama
  • History
  • American Studies
  • English and American Language and Literature
  • Slavic and East European Studies

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