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How to Write a Biography

At some point in their academic careers, all students will be required to write a biography. In this guide, learn how to write a biography with tips for every phase of the process, from planning to research and writing. And because a biography is only as good as the author’s research, find links below to the best sources of biographical information on the Web, including interviews and obituaries.

Tips for Writing a Biography

Get advice on how to write a biography from those who have done it before. The following resources ... read more »

Researching for a Biography

Encyclopedias, newsmagazines and history Web sites are good places to begin your research. Many ... read more »


Interviews have the potential to offer writers an intimate window into a person’s world, and their firsthand accounts can lend useful substance to a biography.

Insights for Interviews

  • When searching for biographical information, don’t forget to search for interviews. Add the term “interview” to a person’s name when doing a Web search. Chances are if they’ve done an interview, you’ll find record of it online.

Top Sites for Interviews

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Obituaries are a useful source of biographical information for deceased persons. Found in all major ... read more »

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