Research Databases

  • Biography in Context

    Biographical information about notable people from all time periods and areas of study.

  • Contemporary Authors

    Profiles of authors' lives and works.

  • Explora Kids

    Find magazine and journal articles for elementary school students.

  • Explora Teens

    Find magazine and journal articles for middle and high school students.

  • Kids InfoBits

    Magazines and reference book articles, especially for kids in grades K-5.

  • Literature Resource Center

    Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of authors.

  • Research in Context

    Reference works, biographies, magazine and journal articles, primary source documents, and multimedia. For middle-school students.

  • Student Resources in Context

    Magazine and newspaper articles, primary documents, creative works and multimedia.

Selected Websites

  • American Presidents: Life Portraits

    Companion site to the C-SPAN series, this site features brief information about each of the presidents, along with links to web sites for further information and extensive bibliographies of books about the presidents. 


  • Astronaut Biographies

    Biographical information about career astronauts, payload specialists, astronaut candidates, and cosmonauts who have flown aboard U.S. spacecraft.

  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Short biographies of Senators, Representatives, and other elected officials, from 1774 to the present.

  • Political Graveyard

    A database of United States history, politics, and cemeteries. The site can be searched by name, office held (or sought), location, or date of birth or death.

  • Rulers

    Lists heads of state and heads of government for all countries of the world, dating back to 1700. Also included are heads of international organizations, foreign ministers, and religious leaders. The site also chronicles relevant events in world leadership on a month-by-month basis back to 1996.

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