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Merriam-Webster's Biographical Dictionary

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Offers brief profiles of more than thirty thousand notable individuals, from Aaron, Charles Babbage, and Cicero to Xerxes, William Butler Yeats, and Zeno.
Hardcover, 1170 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Merriam-Webster (first published 1980)
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Rachel Vessels
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Webster’s new biographical dictionary. (1995). Springfield, Massachusetts. Merriam-Webster Inc., Publisher.

Citation by: Rachel Vessels

Type of Reference: Biographical Reference

Call Number: 920.02 Mer

Content/Scope: A biographical reference for ages 9-99 years old. This impressive dictionary gives reference to over 30,000 people. From inventors, rulers, politicians and writers, from the famous to the not so famous. This a great reference for a quick look-up to thousands of people. Gives informatio
Carlie Crowe
Merriam-webster's biographical dictionary. (1995). Merriam-Webster.

Citation by: Carlie Crowe

Type of Reference: Biographical Reference

Call Number: Ref 019

Content/Scope: A biographical reference that can be used by high school students, contains one of the most extensive collections of biographies.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: Scholastic is a global publishing company known for its educational materials. Many schools turn to their book club offers and host book fairs using their resources.

Chris Brown
(1983). Webster's new biographical dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Chris Brown

Call Number: CT103 .W4 1983

This biographical dictionary allows people to browse important people and gain knowledge of who they are and why they are important.

This biographical dictionary could be used in any type of library where people seek information. In our school the book would be used in a non-circulating manor to help students identify people when doing research projects or any other reference need
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Personally, I don't really find this book all that helpful. Most entries are only a couple lines long; for example, the entry for Pope Linus states only "Generally considered as the successor to St. Peter.". If i need to look up information on a person, I'd rather use an encyclopedia or Wikipedia. ...more
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