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Biography: Research Tools

Library databases

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

Streaming videos: Kanopy

video iamges: Dalia Lama, W E B Dubois, Maya Angelou, David Bowie

All SCC students are pre-approved for a Spokane Public Library barcode or card. 

Use your barcode to access free streaming videos on Kanopy. 

Instructions are here, or ask a librarian if you want access help.

Britannica Academic: Filtered searching

  1. Click the link to BIOGRAPHIES
  2. You may filter your search by era, culture, occupation, and gender.

Periodical Articles

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

Example searches:

"Amy Tan"

"Amy Tan" and interview

"Steve Jobs" and success

Books in the SCC 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 All SCC students are pre-approved for a library card for Spokane Public Library. Ask librarians to learn more.

Your SCC Library has books on these subjects and more:

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

Not sure who to research? Browse a reference book.

If you're in the library, try browsing print reference books located on the library 1st floor.

Here are some example titles: