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Contemporary Authors® Online offers your students and patrons continuous access to current biographical and bibliographical data on more than 120,000 modern authors, while eliminating your need for product storage.

Each Contemporary Authors® Online entry contains the most complete and up-to-date entry, accessible through an easy-to-use interface with a variety of search paths to help you locate the information you need quickly and efficiently. You can easily search for an author by name, title of work, subject/genre, nationality, date and place of birth, honors, awards and much more.

Added to the database annually are approximately 3,000 new entries and 1,000 full-entry updates from the Contemporary Authors® and Contemporary Authors® New Revision Series print volumes. Look for recent information on J.K. Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Isabel Allende, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Crichton, Derek Walcott, Dave Barry, Toni Morrison, Neil Simon, and many others.

In addition, Contemporary Authors® Online offers continuously updated information on the most active authors in this database. Included are author-provided updates, expanded entries, bibliographies, awards, and recent update information.

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Features and Benefits

  • Simple-to-use interface serves first-time researchers as well as more experienced researchers.
  • Data updates are continuous, providing the most current information on authors available anywhere.
  • Provides biographical details on novelists, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists, and scriptwriters.


"It is essential for libraries to have the Contemporary Authors series. If one wonders if the whole issue with series and revisions and indexing can be solved by buying the whole series electronically, the answer is absolutely. The GaleNet version is fabulous, with sophisticated indexing and complete coverage." -- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) 1999