Biography (U. U. Library online resources)

For authoritative biographical detail check UU Library databases: American National Biography (American); Dictionary of Irish Biography (Irish); Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (British and Irish); LION – Literature Online – (literary biography); IEEE Global History Network (for scientists, engineers and business people in technology); the University of Oxford’s, First World War Poetry Digital Archive (biographies of poets and with links to the ODNB biographies); Classical Music Reference Library ( includes Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians); Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online (music biography); Music Online (music biography); Oxford Reference Online Premium (includes, The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists, The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, A Dictionary of Scientists, Who’s Who in the Classical World, The Kings and Queens of Britain, A Dictionary of Political Biography, A Dictionary of Popes, The Oxford Dictionary of Saints, Who’s Who in the Twentieth Century, A Dictionary of Writers and Their Works, and The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military); Oxford Art Online (art biography); Oxford Music Online (music biography); Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy ( biography of philosophers); Nexis (includes, Biographies of Ams [Welsh Assembly], Biographies of Civil Servants, Biographies of Members of the European Parliament, Biographies of MLAs [N.I. Assembly], Biographies of MSPs [Scottish Parliament], Biographies of Peers, Biographies of Westminster Members of Parliament, Executive Biographies, Entertainment Biographies, Debrett’s People of Today, Directory of Directories, ICC Directors, Marquis Who’s Who Biographies,  UK Biographies, and  Who’s Who in European Business and Industry).

For U. U. Library print resources on biography check the Libray Catalogue.

Irish names added to new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

A number of high-profile names from the North of Ireland are among the latest to be added to the newest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The lives of 217 men and women who died in 2008 are now part of the dictionary series, which includes 53,084 articles telling the life stories of 58,094 people. The new additions include a selection of people who shaped or commented on the recent history of the North. They are Sir John Hermon, Brian Keenan, Conor Cruise O’Brien, and Basil Kelly. The four Irishmen take their place alongside other new additions to the Oxford DNB including the dramatist Harold Pinter, science fiction and science writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the broadcast journalist Sir Charles Wheeler, jazz trumpeter and radio performer Humphrey Lyttelton and television performer Jeremy Beadle – all of whom died in 2008. The Oxford DNB is updated three times annually and published every January, May, and September

Irish Film & TV Research Online

Irish Film & TV Research Online is a website designed to bring together the wide diversity of research material relating to Irish-made cinema and television as well as to Irish-themed audio-visual representations produced outside of Ireland. It incorporates three searchable databases: Irish Film & Television Index; Irish Film & Television Biographies; and Irish Film & Television Bibliography; and the Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar, an annual conference of film studies’ postgraduate students based in Ireland or engaged in researching Irish material elsewhere. The project is based in the School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography & American National Biography Online

The Oxford DNB is more than an online biographical dictionary. It has a list of themes. Some of these are, Anglo-Norman invaders of Ireland; the Metaphysical poets; Proponents and critics of appeasement; British Union of Fascists; England, Scotland and the Acts of Union; High-kings of Ireland; Lord Lieutenants of Ireland; Music in Britain: 1905 and after; Papal legates to medieval Britain and Ireland; The road to Suez and War poets. Articles link to biographies of the people involved.

The ODNB links to American National Biography Online. As well as biographies the ANB has research ideas which link to relevant articles and biographies of the people involved.  The ideas are: American literature; Arts in America; Black history; Civil Rights movement; Civil war; Depression and the New Deal; Frontier and Western expansion; Gilded age; Hispanic American heritage; Native American heritage; Women’s history; and World War II.

Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive

The IVRLA is a digital Humanities and Social Sciences repository, which draws on the extensive resources of archival and rare material held in University College Dublin, and allows researchers to access this material in a digitised format, from a single virtual location. The material is arranged in curated collections which can be browsed or searched.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Twenty six years in preparation, the recently published Dictionary of Irish Biography (in nine volumes and available online) represents one of the most important publishing events in Irish scholarship in the last fifty years. Contributions from Seven hundred scholars, including many from academics of the University of Ulster, have been brought together to give us a reference work which comprises 9,700 lives from “earliest times” to 2002. Biographies of individuals from the arts, the sciences, the worlds of business, sport and politics appear in the Dictionary. The coverage of Northern Ireland is equally strong. The printed volumes of the DIB will be held in the Reference section in Magee Learning Resource Centre, with the online version being made available for all the University academic community.