Finding Historical Biographies

Using our online catalog, learn how to locate biographies on figures from U.S. History.


  1. 1. We will need to create a search string that includes keyword searches as well as subject searches. In order to do this, we need to choose "Advanced Search." See the screenshot below. (The original link is provided at the bottom for a larger view)
  2. 2013-02-12_1927 - sjeffries's library
    2013-02-12_1927 - sjeffries's library
  3. 2. In the first box, I did a keyword search for United States. In the second box, I did a subject search for history. In the third box, I did a keyword search from biography.
  4. 2013-02-13_0822 - sjeffries's library
    2013-02-13_0822 - sjeffries's library
  5. 3. Now that we know we can access U.S. biographies, we may need to narrow the search down to a particular event or time period. We can add the search for "19th Century" without going back to the Advanced Search screen by typing kw:19th century. This will focus our search to biographies about figures from the 19th century.
  6. 2013-02-12_1935 - sjeffries's library
    2013-02-12_1935 - sjeffries's library
  7. 4. Here is what these results will look like.
  8. 2013-02-12_1923 - sjeffries's library
    2013-02-12_1923 - sjeffries's library