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Biography: Research Tools

Books in the CCS and partner libraries

 Use the library Search to find books on specific subjects. You'll find print books and some ebooks.

  • Books that check out are on the library 2nd floor. 
  • Reference books are on the 1st floor. They're a great starting place for research.
  • Partner Libraries search will find books at Gonzaga and other area college libraries.

Your SCC Library has books on these subjects and more:

  • Obama, Barack
  • Clinton, Hilary
  • Angelou, Maya
  • Robinson, Jackie
  • Parks, Rosa
  • Crazy Horse
  • Indians of North America--Biography
  • Presidents--United States--Biography

[NOTE: Search WIN Borrow libraries to have books at partner libraries sent to SCC for you.]

Not sure who to research? Browse a reference book.

You may want to start your research by browsing print reference books which are located on the library 1st floor. Here are some examples:

Library databases

eBooks, articles, and other biographical information is available in the SCC Library's online databases like these:

Britannica Online: Filtered searching

 The Britannica Online database Example article: Zora Neale Hurston in Britannica Online

allows you to filter your search by

era, culture, occupation, and gender.


Use it to explore famous peopleBritannica Online filters: Era, National/Cultural Association, Known for, Gender: Male or Female

whom you may wish to research.

Periodical Articles

Search periodicals indexes to find articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals. You may find interviews and other biographical research information.

Example searches to try:

"Amy Tan"

"Amy Tan" and interview

"Steve Jobs" and success