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Biography & autobiography


Name indexes

Find more: search using subject headings

What are subject headings?

  • The vocabulary librarians use to describe and organize items in the collection
  • Subject headings may be different from the natural language used to describe topics:
Natural language Library of Congress subject headings (controlled vocabulary)
Biographies on African kings (all countries) > Africa--Kings and rulers--biography
Biographies from Communist German > 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?

  • Select subject from the drop-down menu
  • Type in your topic, beginning with the theme or country, and then biography (E.G., politicians biography)
  • Work your way down the list and select the link that covers your topic

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: