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Many find information about people fascinating.  Certain people define how we look at historical places and events.  They define our culture and the ways we view others.  While not always obvious, many different research problems can be solved by identifying who the influential people involved with that topic and then learning more about lives.  

Biographic reference tools are designed to satisfy typical requests for information that range from:

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Quick facts.

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Broader overviews.

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Detailed, comprehensive analysis.

Reference tools designed to provide quick facts  and overviews are most useful when they contain objective information about a large numbers of people.

Comprehensive, in-depth biographic reference tools usually claim to be objective, but the framework of analysis often contains an explicit or implicit bias.

Schools curriculum tends to focus on the roles of significant players of events sometimes called the "great-man" theory).  For some readily accessible links to locate biographic information, please see the Biographic Links  on my Resources page.

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