How do I find someone's biography or autobiography?
Below are subject headings that cover a range of autobiographical resources.
What are subject headings?
|Natural language||Library of Congress subject headings (controlled vocabulary)|
|Biographies on African kings (all countries)||>||Africa--Kings and rulers--biography|
|Biographies from Communist Germany||>||Germany (East)--biography|
|Biographical resources on the 2003 Iraq War||>||Iraq War, 2003-2011--biography|
How can subject headings help me find international biographic resources?
Hey! Sometimes the language in LC subject headings is offensive!
Yes. Library of Congress subject headings can sometimes demonstrate cultural or gender bias. This is a growing field of research in library & information sciences. Here's an interesting article on changes in subject headings:
How do I transliterate?
Robarts Library also has a translation computer, located in the Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre on the 3rd floor.
In relation to biography, prosopography is the collective study of a group of non-famous people, to learn about their profession, social origin, etc. It aims to learn about patterns and relationships, not individual achievements or life experiences.
What is the "WBIS"?
Where can I find the microfiche?
The WBIS microfiche are located in Robarts reference room, located on the 4th floor of Robarts Library. The PDF gives detailed call number information so you know which fiche cabinets to look in.
Robarts Reference has two microfiche readers. There are additional microfiche readers on the 5th floor, and in the Media Commons.
If you have any problems locating or using the microfiche, speak with a librarian at the Ask Us! Desk - we are more than happy to help!
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