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Film Research Guide: Biographical Resources

Biographical Resources

Read this first. Use the general indexes, databases, Internet links, and printed reference tools listed below to find people. Information about people may be located in general biographical indexes and directories, as well as film encyclopedias. You should also consult film-specific biographical indexes and directories such as the titles listed below. There are many more biographical resources in the library's reference collection. Local newspapers may contain some biographical information about local performers, directors, and screenwriters.

The library catalog (Voyager) is an important tool for finding many biographical sources. Several broad subject terms that can be used in keyword searches for finding biographical resources are listed below:

Also consult the biographical resources in the Theater Research Guide for additional information on actors, directors, producers,  and writers.