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Biographies: Finding Books

How to Locate Books

Clicking on the title link will take you to the SWAN online catalog book record. Books with call numbers beginning with A - P are located on the 2nd level, and books with call numbers beginning with Q - Z are located on the lower level. Exceptions are new books and reference books located to the north and west of the Reference and Government Information Desk respectively.

General Reference Books

Check the subject area tabs for biographical reference books in those areas.

Searching for Biographies in the Online Catalog

When searching for biographies, or books about people, it is best to search by LC Subject in our online catalog. When you search for a person by subject, you should always type last name, then first name. See the sample below:

This search retrieves 14 books about Indira Gandhi's life:

Gandhi, Indira, 1917-1984.   14

SWAN Catalog Tutorial

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