Senior Research and Composition: Biography Project
- How to Use NoodleTools
- Purdue OWL Sample Chicago-Turabian style research paper
- Taft History Department Research Guide by Greg Hawes (2005)
Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks
Search large collections of ebooks simultaneously in these databases:: Gale Virtual Reference Library, Infobase ebooks, and Salem History (Includes Great Events and Great Lives series). Also: Britannica Academic Online contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.
- American presidents. Ref E176.1 .A6563 2015 (also an online ebook)
- Cyclopedia of world authors. Ref PN451 .C93 1997 5 vols
- Dictionary of American biography. Ref E 176 .D563 10 vols + supplements
- Dictionary of art. Ref N31 .D5 1996 34 vols (also an online ebook)
- Dictionary of biographical quotation. Ref PN 6084 .G66 D38 1978
- Dictionary of scientific biography. Ref Q141 .D5 18 vols
- Great events from history:
- The 18th century, 1701-1800. Ref D286 .G74 2006 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- The 19th century, 1801-1900. Ref D358 .G74 2006 4 vols (also an online ebook)
- The 20th century, 1901-1940. Ref D421 .G629 2007 6 vols (also an online ebook)
- The 20th century, 1941-1970. Ref D421 .G6295 2008 6 vols (also an online ebook)
- The 20th century, 1971-2000. Ref D421 .G6296 2008 6 vols (also an online ebook)
- Great lives from history:
- The 18th century, 1701-1800. Ref CT 118 .G74 2006 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- The 19th century, 1801-1900. Ref CT 119 .G69 2007 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- The 20th century, 1901-2000. Ref CT 120 .G687 2008 10 vols (also an online ebook)
- African-Americans. Ref E 185.96 .G736 2011 5 vols (also an online ebook)
- American women. Ref CT 3260 .A44 2016 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- The incredibly wealthy. Ref HC 79 .W4 G74 2001 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- Inventors & inventions. Ref Ref T 39 .G75 2010 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- Notorious lives. Ref HV 6245 .G687 2007 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- Scientists and science. Ref Q 141 .G7667 2013 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- New Grove dictionary of music and musicians. Ref ML100 .N48 2001 29 vols (also an online ebook)
- People on people : the Oxford dictionary of biographical quotations. Ref PN6084.C44 P46 2001
- Women in world history: a biographical encyclopedia. Ref HQ 1115 .W6 1999 17 vols (also an online ebook)
The Library's RhinoCat is an automated catalog of books, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCat is available from any browser at https://taft.bywatersolutions.com and also from your TaftNet homepage. A Keyword search of your subject’s name will yield the most useful results – for example, Abraham Lincoln.
TIP: When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, click on Browse shelf in the Call Number field to find additional books for your research project.
See the course guide Finding Primary Sources for ways to find documents and primary sources in our Library.
Taft Online Subscription Databases
- Biography in Context Over 500,000 biographies from the ancient world to the present.
- Modern World History Online Overview essays, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos from the mid-15th century to the present.
- Oxford Art Online Includes the full text of the 34 volume The Dictionary of Art
- Oxford Music Online Includes the full text of New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
- US History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia
- World History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia
For journal articles:
- Academic Search Complete Access full-text articles in thousands of magazines and journals. Tip: Refine your results list using options in the left sidebar, including full text, date range, source types, and more
- JSTOR Hundreds of full-text scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences, many dating back to the 19th century.
- From Wikipedia's essay on Academic use: "Wikipedia is not a reliable source for academic writing or research."
- To find reliable websites:
- Britannica Academic Online Articles include links to reliable websites
- SweetSearch, A Search Engine for Students searches only credible websites approved by research experts. Note: Ignore first group of results labeled Ad
- Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu : .gov for U.S. government agencies and .edu for educational institutions in the U.S.