Selected Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Historically Black Newspapers
Try these collections of historically black newspapers for historical and cultural context. See our other Newspaper Collections for more historical research, including the Wall Street Journal (1889-1999).
Suggested Search in Credo
1. Go to library homepage at www.lib.siu.edu
2. Find OneSearch and click the name. The menu will expand.
3. Find Databases by Title. Click the letter C.
4. On the new screen, find Credo Reference. Click on the name to launch the search interface.
5. Find All subjects. Click the arrow to expand the menu. Then find biography, click the name and select to search.
6. You can start with the basic search. Type in e.g. African American in the search box to search. Or you can type in a name e.g. Martin Luther King to search.
You can access the online full text of many biographical dicitonaries and encyclopedias.
Suggested Searches in I-Share
1. To find information in general, type in different versions of a person’s name and select keyword from the search menu. This is helpful if you do not know which version of the person’s name is in use. It is also useful to find resources which include a chapter or extensive material about the person, although the person may not be the main topic of the entire book.
2. To find material written by the person, including memoires and autobiographies, type in his or her name and select author from the pull-down search menu.
You may want to try different versions of the name:
- For women, try using a woman’s maiden name or her married name, e.g., Charlotte Forten vs. Charlotte Forten Grimke.
- Spell out initials as or just use initials, e.g. W. E. B. Du Bois or William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
3. To find material written by others about the person in which the person is the main topic of the book, type in the person’s name and select subject. Again, try different versions of the person’s name.
You may search all I-Share libraries or just SIUC. You may request most print books available in I-Share using your online account.
Please note that we can’t access other schools’ online materials. However, we may have those resources available in print here at Morris Library. If you have enough time, we will probably be able to get them for you using interlibrary loan from libraries that are not in the I-Share system. There is no charge for this service.
Remember that information about specific people may also be found in biographical encyclopedias and other biographical collections, e.g., African American National Biography or Notable American Women or Credo Reference.
The searches below will help you find collections of biographies about African Americans.
OpenSIUC, Research by SIUC Scholars
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Mary Taylor, Natural Sciences Librarian