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Searching for Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Special biographical publications may be useful for general reference. They may contain detailed information about an artist’s life and works. These can be derived in one of two ways:
- Biography and Genealogy Master Index
A good resource for researching individuals who are less well-known or famous. This online database Indexes biographical entries found in print dictionaries and encyclopedias. It covers millions of individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.
- NYPL Catalog
Biographical publications can also be found by performing a subject heading search within our catalog. They may be categorized based on the artist’s region, ethnicity, nationality, and/or medium.
- Some examples are listed below:
- Subject headings may begin with the type of medium
- Subject headings may be divided by time period, region, or country
Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias