Often when a researcher is starting a project s/he needs some background information to understand the context of a subject, the vocabulary used and a greater sense of the content of the subject. There are many sources available and below several are suggested. Obviously these are just starting points but they help the researcher formulate how s/he will search other resources.
Offers the in-depth, original profiles from the Current Biography and World Authors series, the thorough periodical coverage of Biography Index and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. It provides biographical full-text articles, page images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals.
This database offers a collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies. Including coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).
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West's Encyclopoedia of American Law. 2nd edition. 13 vols. 2004. Ref KF 154 .W47 2004.