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Decatur Public Library has several convenient databases with biographical information about influential people and authors.


  • Fold3
    Get access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served and combine records found on Fold3 with what you have to create an online memorial for someone who served.
  • Gale Biography in Context
    Learn about lives and perspectives of the world’s most influential people by searching this user-friendly portal for multimedia and periodical resources.
  • Gale Literature Resource Center
    Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods around the world.
  • Gale Something About the Author Online
    Provides illustrated biographical profiles of thousands of children’s authors and illustrators
  • OCLC First Search
    Find out-of-system books, journals, periodicals, government documents, conference proceedings, and more from libraries worldwide.
  • Rock's Backpages
    READ OVER 40,000 CLASSIC ARTICLES on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top by the finest music writers of the last 60 years

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