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Biography & autobiography


Name indexes

This is a featured list of the library's name indexes.  Use the catalogue to locate more resources.

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)
Canadian actor/actress biographies > Canada--Biography. Actors
Biographies of well-known Canadian accordianists > Canada--Biography. Accordianists
Canadian feminist biographies > Canada--Biography. Feminists


How can subject headings help me find Canadian biographies?

  • Select subject from the drop-down menu
  • Work your way down the list and select the link that covers your topic
    • Tip: you don't need to use capital letters, periods, or dashes as you see in the above examples
    • Tip: doing a subject search on canada biography will show resources on individuals, themes, regions: streamline your results by specifying a topic or region

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: