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. You can find them by visiting our eResources portal and searching for the database under the Browse eResources tab.

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.

This database is available to registered users of the National Library of Australia; visit our eResources portal and search for it under the Browse eResources tab.

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.