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La Trobe Reading Room event: A traditional Chinese drum performance will be held in the La Trobe Reading Room on Thursday 4 September, from 6pm until 6.10pm. More information

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Genealogy & biography eresources

Find biographies of notable people (past and present) from home.

To access eresources from home, you need to be a Victorian resident with a current State Library card. To obtain a card, join the Library.

American National Biography Online
Profiles of more than 18,000 men and women from all walks of American life, from the well-known to the infamous to the obscure.

Biography in Context
Information on famous figures from around the world and throughout history.

Discovery (National Archives UK)
This archive holds over 11 million British historical government and public records from the last 1,000 years. Currently over 5% of records can be downloaded in PDF format. Note: some files may need additional software to open.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
An illustrated collection of more than 55,000 biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped the history of the United Kingdom, from earliest times to the year 2002.

Literature Resource Center
Find biographical information on more than 130,000 world writers.

More eresources

Some of the Library's journal article and ebooks databases, and all of the Library's CD-ROMs, are only available from computers within the Library building. You can explore the subject menu which lists these. Many useful free websites are also included. 

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