Biography and Genealogy Master Index

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Overview

Biography and Genealogy Master Index is a reference standard for libraries. It allows you to quickly determine where to find biographical material on people from all time periods, geographic locations, and fields of endeavor. Biography and Genealogy Master Index is unquestionably the best place to begin your search for biographical information. It indexes current, easily accessible references sources, as well as important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

The total number of biographical sketches indexed now exceeds 17 million citations and points to more than 2000 publications, covering over 5 million people. Biography and Genealogy Master Index contains names, birth/ death years, and bibliographic references to books containing material on that person and an indication of which books or articles include a portrait.

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Features and Benefits

  • All source citations include full bibliographic details.
  • Sources include biographical dictionaries, who's whos, subject encyclopedias and volumes of literary criticism.

Reviews

"The site is well organized, loads and displays quickly, and is easy to navigate, search, and print. Appropriate for libraries where biographical information is often requested." -- CHOICE (September 1998)

— Choice

"A good first stop when biographical information is needed. The screens are clean and well-laid out. Navigation throughout the program is simple and straightforward. The booklet is easy to read and installation is simple enough. Help screens are context-sensitive and informative. Recommended for organizations for whom biographical information is a frequent need." -- CD-ROM Professional

— CD-ROM Professional

"This comprehensive, semiannually updated database draws from over 1800 biographical guides, allowing researchers to cross-reference more than 13.6 million international figures across multiple publications, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, who's who guides, and books of literary criticism providng oeuvre surveys." --Library Journal, November 15, 2008

— Christine K. Oka

"This comprehensive, semiannually updated database draws from more than 1700 biographical guides, allowing researchers to find listings for well over 15 million international figures, living and dead, across multiple publications, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, who’s who’s, and books of literary criticism providing oeuvre surveys...the site does provide a significant springboard to outside information retrieval and remains effortless to navigate." --Library Journal, Nov. 15, 2010

— Christine K. Oka

"The electronic format and basic search interface greatly enhances accessibility to BGMI names and citations." -- Library Journal (02/01/00)

— Christine K. Oka

"Who needs it? Biography and Genealogy Master Index is a massive standard reference source for academic libraries and mid-size to large public libraries and is useful for users from high school age on up. With space limitations affecting both large and small institutions, the electronic version is a welcome alternative to the print." -- NetConnect (Spring 2001)

— Christine K. Oka