HANDOUT FOR ESL 150 -- Instructor: Nicki Harlow


Library's Web Page: http://www.ccsf.edu/Library

Library's Online Catalog: http://diego.ccsf.edu

Library's Databases: http://www.ccsf.edu/Library/period.htm

Books: CityCat (http://diego.ccsf.edu) is the online catalog of the City College of San Francisco libraries. Biographies of individuals can be found by performing a subject search on the individual's name. When doing a subject search on a person, remember to enter the last name first: kohl, herbert

To search for biographical material by profession try a keyword search combining the profession and the word biography: psychologists biography; teachers biography; nurses biography; computer scientists biography; presidents biography. Tip: use the plural form for the profession (psychologists).

Selected Books

Current biography yearbook. REF CT100.C8 This book has an index to professions.

American national biography. REF CT213.A68 1999. Has an index by occupation.

Notable twentieth-century scientists. REF Q141 .N73 1995.

Contemporary Authors. REF PN771.C6

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology. REF BF109.A1 B56 1997

Encyclopedia of Psychology. REF BF31.E52 2000

The social science encyclopedia. REF H41.S63 1996

Contemporary Architects. REF NA680.C625

Contemporary Artists. REF N6490.C657

Encyclopedia of American Education. REF LB17.U54

West's Encylopedia of American Law. REF KF154.W47


American Library Association: Biography Resources








Distinguished Women


Internet Public Library Biographies



CCSF Databases (you will need the bar code number on your student ID):

Discovering Collection http://www.ccsf.edu/Library/period.htm

Contemporary Authors http://www.ccsf.edu/Library/period.htm

Student Resource Center http://www.ccsf.edu/Library/period.htm

GOOGLE TIPS: to limit your search to .edu web sites add site:edu

Example: "jean piaget" biography site:edu

Note: it sometimes helps to put quotation marks around the name.