Current Biography Illustrated

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As of October 31, 2014 Current Biography Illustrated has been cancelled and will no longer be available through the Rutgers University Libraries. The Libraries deeply regret any inconvenience to our user community.

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Current Biography Illustrated contains more than 15,000 full text biographies and more than 9,400 obituaries from all of the volumes of Current Biography Yearbook, from 1940 to the present. The biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, and keywords. Full-text searching of biographies is supported. Coverage focuses on "living leaders in all fields of human accomplishment," including politics, science, the arts and entertainment, sports, and business. Most biographies run the equivalent of about three print pages and include a brief section on suggested reading. The Rutgers subscription does not include photographs.


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Dates covered

1940 to the present.

Updating frequency

Not specified; print was updated monthly.


Current Biography [monthly] and Current Biography Yearbook.

Type of coverage

Biographical essays.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Current Biography [monthly] and Current Biography Yearbook. All print subscriptions at Rutgers libraries canceled as of 2009. See the for specific holdings.

Producer/content provider

H.W. Wilson Company

Core Subject(s)