Resource of the Month
June 2006

Each month WSU Libraries' Department of Collection Development features a "Resource of the Month" designed to highlight some of the library's new, interesting, under-used, large, unique, or otherwise noteworthy collections and resources.  You can learn more about the "Resource of the Month" on this website, from the display in the reference area, by attending a workshop (if available), or by contacting the Reference Desk at 978-3584.

If you are interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month," check the archive.

Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated contains more than 111,000 biographies and obituaries and over 32,000 photographs.  Many of the biographies are enhanced with full text, abstracts, and citations.  It also contains the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books published by H. W. Wilson, including Current Biography, the World Author Series, Nobel Prize Winners, World Artists, World Film Directors, American Reformers, and numerous biographical books on musicians and composers from throughout history.  In addition, it includes over 65,000 profiles licensed from a number of respected reference publishers.

Upcoming Workshops

No workshops are scheduled at this time.

How Do I Access Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated?

There is a link on the WSU Libraries' website under Electronic Resources / Electronic Databases.  You have the option of looking for it under the subject links or the alphabetic links (  If you are accessing the Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated from off-campus you will be prompted to enter your Shocker Card number and PIN number for authentication purposes.

Why Should I Use Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated?

The quality of Wilson editorial standards combined with comprehensive coverage, an impressive number of images, and a user-friendly interface make Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated the first choice of researchers worldwide.  In-depth, full text profiles plus up-to-date bibliographies make this the perfect first stop for any biographical inquiry.  Researchers in all areas will find the coverage of newsmakers and figures of prominence from a wide range of fields useful. 

There are numerous fields to search by:

  • name
  • profession
  • title
  • place of origin
  • gender
  • race/ethnicity
  • titles of works
  • date of birth
  • date of death
  • keyword
  • presence of images

Features of Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated

  • More than 140,000 substantial narrative profiles
  • More than 36,000 images
  • Updated daily
  • Variety of search options

Related Websites

For assistance with Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated, contact Wichita State University Libraries' Reference Desk at 978-3584.

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