English resources

Dictionary of National Biography - A database provided by Oxford University Press. It includes entries on people who have influenced British history.

Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 - A searchable database of The Times newspaper. A useful resource for searching newspaper articles to find biographical information.

These databases are available to registered users of the National Library of Australia

London Lives 1690-1800 - A free online collection of primary sources from archives in London. It documents the lives of Londeners in the eighteenth century.

North American resources

American National Biography - A database containing biographical records of over 18,000 people who have made an impact on American life.

Biography in Context - An international biographical database with a focus on Americans.

These databases are available to registered users of the National Library of Australia

Dictionary of Canadian Biography - A free online database containing articles on Canadians who died before 1930.

New Zealand resources

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography - A free online database containing information on famous New Zealanders.