Biographies Search Form

Use the Biographies search form to search for biographical information on directors, politicians, celebrities and other leading figures in their field. The information may contain data such as positions, date of birth, education, achievements and interests.


Enter the last name or other variations.

Example: Cline OR Klein OR Kline

First Name

Enter nicknames or other common variations separated with the OR connector.

Example: Richard OR Dick OR Rick OR Rich

Terms and Connectors, Natural LanguageChoose the Terms and Connectors option, then use connectors to show the relationship between the terms. Or, choose the Natural Language option to search in phrases.
Additional search terms and/or industry codesEnter your additional search terms and codes, using connectors to show the relationship between them.
Tip: If you do not use connectors between terms, the system defaults to PRE/1 not AND.
Search tips
Click on this link to view descriptions and examples of the connectors, such as AND, OR, AND NOT, etc., which you may use in constructing your search.
Search within results - Terms(Appears only when editing a search.) If you have previously entered any "Search within results" terms in results, those terms will appear in the text box. You may edit the terms if desired.
Select dates

You may narrow your search to documents published on a specific day or within the date range you specify. You have several options:

All available dates (default)
To remove all date restrictions from your search, select All available dates from the drop-down list.
To restrict your search to only results from the current day, select this option.
Select a predefined date restriction
Previous week, Previous month, Previous 3 months, Previous 6 months, Previous year, Previous 5 years, Previous 20 years.
To specify all documents published in the previous n days, weeks, months or years, select Previous and select the value and the units of time (days, weeks, months, or years) across which you wish to search.
To base your search on a range of custom dates, select Custom from the first drop-down list. Then, complete the From and To date fields with the appropriate values in dd/mm/yyyy format.
Options include:
  • To search a range of dates, enter a From date that is greater than the To date. For example: From 01/01/2015 To 17/03/2015
  • To search for a specific date, enter the same date in the From and To fields. For example: From 14/01/2015 To 14/01/2015
  • To search all dates up to and including a specific date, leave the From date blank, but enter a To date. For example: From dd/mm/yyyy To 17/03/2015
  • To search all dates after a specific date, enter a From date, but leave the To date blank. For example: From 01/01/2015 To dd/mm/yyyy
Searching across Sources

To select biographical sources for your search, perform the following:

  1. Click on the Edit link. The Select Sources window appears.
  2. Select all desired sources.
  3. Click on OK. An entry for each of your selections appears on the form.
    Note: To delete a source, click on the X displayed to the right of the source name.

    "I" icon To learn more about the contents of a source, click on the "i" icon.

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