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This database (formerly known as Biography Resource Center) currently contains biographical entries for hundreds of thousands of notable and historical persons from around the world.

The database is a combination of 1,000+ volumes of Gale reference sources including Contemporary Authors, Encyclopedia of World Biography, Newsmakers, Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television, Contemporary Musicians, Historic World Leaders, Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists, Contemporary Black Biography, Religious Leaders of America, International Dictionary of Art and Artists, Writers Directory, among others.

In addition to biographical entries, you can access full-text articles from 300+ magazines and newspapers including American History, The Christian Century, Saturday Night, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, and USA Today.

Some entries provide "Further Readings" and web links for even more information on certain individuals in the database.


>> Please click here to access Biography in Context.
Access Options:


This database can be accessed from any of Thrall Library's public Internet or research computers.

Concerning access outside the library:

Members of Middletown Thrall Library may log in to this service using their library barcode.

Tips & Special Features:


After the database page appears, you will see several options, including: categories, an Advanced Search mode, and alternative search modes (Occupation, Nationality, Birth Place, Death Place).

You can browse according to these categories: Actors, African Americans, American First Ladies, American Presidents, American Revolution, Ancient Greeks and Romans, Architects, Artists, Asian Americans, Athletes, Authors, Aviators, British Royalty, Business Leaders, Children's Authors, Civil War, Criminals, Educators, Environmentalists, Filmmakers, Hispanic Americans, Historic World Leaders, Inventors, LGBT Figures, Medical Notables, Musicians, Native Americans, Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Notable Women, Poets, Psychologists, Religious Leaders, Scientists, Singers, Social Reformers, World Explorers, World Royalty.

Click the "View More" link next to any category to see the menu of categories mentioned above.

Once you browse or search for an individual and reach the search results page, you will see results in several groups including: Reference, News, Magazines, Academic Journals, Primary Sources, and Websites.
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Technical Considerations:
Before printing, be sure to click the Printer icon located at the top of a biographical article page. This will reformat the page in a "printer friendly" format, enabling you to print more on fewer pages.

Printing at the library costs $ .20 per page. Please inquire at the Reference Department if you are not sure how to print.

This database also allows you to e-mail articles you find to your own e-mail account. To do so, look for the e-mail icon at the top of a biographical article page, click the icon, and carefully enter your e-mail address on the next web page that appears.

There is no cost for e-mailing articles, and you may e-mail as many articles to yourself as you like!


If you would like some assistance in using this database or finding any information, please speak with one of our librarians at the Reference Department or contact us:

By telephone: (845) 341-5461

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