Background reference sources: Biographical sources

Use biographical sources to find information about a specific person or about a particular group of people -- for example, Canadian writers or female scientists.

This is just a small sample of the hundreds of print and online biographical sources available at SFU Libraries. To find more, enter your topic in the search box or try a keyword search for biograph* + your topic in the Library Catalogue.

By country

Dictionary of Canadian Biography 
Biographies of notable Canadians, with suggestions for further reading.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 
Biographies of significant British individuals, with suggestions for further reading.

American National Biography 
Biographies of important Americans, with suggestions for further reading.

General or multidisciplinary biographies

Encyclopedia of World Biography 
Biographies of important individuals from around the world, with suggestions for further reading.

Who's Who in the Twentieth Century 
Biographies of important figures from the twentieth century.

By topic

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online 
Profiles of more than 143,000 authors, with biographical information and critical interpretation of their work.