State College Ely Library
BIOGRAPHY RESOURCE CENTER
Search Options [For
the initial search screen see Search by Name below]
Access: Double click on Internet Explorer or Netscape at any of the
networked workstations on campus. Start
At the WSC Library Home Page, click on Quick Links to Databases.
Click on Biography Resource Center
Several search methods are available offering various approaches to finding
information about people:
Search by Name: Searches for an individual whose name corresponds
to what is entered into the search field, whether it is a full surname,
the first name and last name in any order, or just the beginning portion
of a surname
Category Browse: Allows browsing of indivudals by categories such
as Athletes, Current World Leaders, Hispanic Americans, Scientists, World,
Biographical Facts Search: Searches for people based on one
or more personal facts such as birth and death years and places, nationality,
ethnicity, occupation, or gender.
Advanced Search: Searches by name, keyword, source, full text, date
of publication, and document number.
Enter your search terms in the dialog box under Search by Name.
Note that Searching by the Start of last name will yield less precise
results than searching by a first and last name. If only one name
is found to match your criteria, the application will take you directly
to the main tabbed results page for that name.
Click on the SEARCH button.
Navigating Results Lists
After you select the name of a person following a Name Search, Biographical
Facts Search, or Advanced Search, a tabbed results list will be displayed.
This screen gives the person's full name (which may or may not be his/her
best known name); birth and death years; any variant names or pseudonyms;
and, as available, the person's primary nationality and occupation. Where
available, a portrait of the individual may also be displayed.
The tabbed results list features links to lengthy biographies, brief,
biographies, full-text magazine articles on the individual's
life and accomplishments, and websites.
(Note: If your search does not find any results for a specific data type,
the tab will be "grayed out" and will not work.)
Printing and Emailing
Click on any of the underlined articles in the Results List to retrieve
the full article, or Mark the check box to create a list of marked articles.
Printing: At the full article, click the print icon on
the upper left of the screen. Then, use your browser's Print function to
print the reformatted article.
Emailing: At the full article, click the Email icon
on the upper left of the screen.
At the Email Options screen, choose your email format option,
enter your email address, and click send:
Searches by name, keyword, source, full text, date of magazine publication,
and document number.
Enter your Search Terms in the dialog box, then select the index to search
from the drop-down menu. Repeat for each dialog box that you use.
Select an operator (AND / OR / NOT) if you are combining 2 or more dialog
boxes; then, click Search
Advanced Search includes a list of your searches.
Click on to see a
search again, or on to
delete all previous searches.
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Last Updated 7-30-07