Q. How do I locate biographies in NCU Library?


There are several Library databases you can use to locate biographies on famous or noteworthy persons. We recommend locating biographies using the Credo Reference database. Credo Reference is also accessible from the Databases page under Research Resources. On the Credo Reference homepage, type a name into the basic search box and click the magnifying glass icon to execute your search. 

Your results screen may display a number of different entries. You will see a Topic Page entry listed first in your results list if there happens to be a topic page on your person. 

A topic page entry provides an overview of the topic in addition to related images, articles, books, news, and videos. Your results list will also include Reference Entries. Reference entries may include entries from encyclopedias, dictionaries, or handbooks. 

If you are looking for biographies on business executives, you can try a search in either Mergent Online or LexisNexis. Both databases are also located on the Databases page under Research Resources. To conduct a biography search in Mergent Online, click on the Executive Search tab and conduct a search using your set criteria.

If searching for executive biographies in the LexisNexis database, click the “Search by Content Type” button located directly above the search box. Select Biographical Information under People, Places and Things.

Next, input your search term and click the Search button. Your results may include entries from Marquis Who’s Who, New York Times Biographies, The Guardian Biographies, ICC Directors Information, and more.

Lastly, we recommend trying a search in the Ebook Central database for biographies. Ebook Central is also located in A-Z Databases. Type a name into the simple search box and click the Search button. Your search results may contain full-text biographies.


If you are unable to locate a biography on your person using the Library’s databases, you may want to try a search using an internet search engine like Google. Type the name of your person and consider adding the keyword “biography” to your search string as well. 

Alternatively, if your person is associated with a particular institution or university, you may want to navigate to that institution’s website and look for a staff/faculty directory.


  • Last Updated Aug 02, 2017
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