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Before You Begin
A biography is a history of a person's life. An autobiography is written by the person himself or herself either alone or in collaboration with another writer. Biographies are available in a variety of lengths from books to short paragraphs. Before beginning a search for a biography it is helpful to have some basic information such as: correct spelling of the name, time period during which the person was active, whether the person is living or deceased and identifying features such as profession, discoveries or minority group status. Although writers are included in some of the sources mentioned below if your subject is primarily an author you should use the Syllabus for Literary Research 2: Biography of Authors guide.