How to Do Library Research

This set of pages has information on how to do library research. In all cases, once you have located sources, be sure to evaluate them, using the evaluation guides.

Jounalism, Politics

The pages linked to below list sources of biographical information for journalists and politicians. The politician page also has Web links.

American Journalists

Find individual (and a few collective) biographies and autobiographies by doing a SUBJECT search in the catalog for: Journalists United States Biography.

  • Downs, Robert B., and Jane B. Downs. Journalists of the United States: Biographical Sketches of Print and Broadcast News Shapers from the Late 17th Century to the Present. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1991.
    PN 4871 .D68 1991 Morgan.  Includes anyone important. Index and select bibliography.

American Politicians

Sources on this page provide biographical information about American politicians.

Search engine that searches for biographical information on Congressional politicians from 1774 to the present. Search by name, position, and/or state.

  • American Political Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present.
    CT215 .O27 1991 REF
  • American Political Leaders, 1789-2005.  E176 .A513 2005 REF
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Congressional Yellow Book: Who's Who in Congress Including Committees and Key Staff. Washington, D.C.: Leadership Directories.
    JK 1083 .C66 REF Desk
  • Political Graveyard: A Database of Historic Cemeteries.  Includes biographical information as well as "where they are buried." Politicians, judges, diplomats. Many ways to search--alphabetical, year born/died, awards, religion, how died/killed, etc.
  • POTUS (Presidents of the United States)
  • Who's Who in American Politics. 2 vols. New Providence: Bowker. CSU owns 1967/68, 1971/72-2005/06 . Latest in Reference.  E 176 .W6424 REF.  By State.
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