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International Reference Sources

Current Biography (multi-volume)
CT 100 .C8 (Howe Library Reference)
Published 1940-present, contains about 150 biographies annually of people who are prominent in the news and popular culture (emphasis on Americans). Also contains obituaries for people whose biographies were previously published. Includes portraits.


Who’s Who. . .
Various call numbers
Who’s Who publications provide basic information on people by geography, occupation, sex, and other categories. To see a list of these publications, go to CATQuest, select "Library Catalog," change "any field" to "starts with, and type whos who in the search box.


Pseudonyms and Nicknames Dictionary (2 volumes)
CT 120 .P8 (Howe Library Reference)
Identifies 55,000 original names behind 80,000 pseudonyms, stage names, aliases, nicknames, and other assumed names of prominent individuals throughout the world, across a wide variety of fields, and over time.