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CNSL 2200: Introduction to Student Leadership: Books & References

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Search the library catalog for entire works, such as books or e-books.  Biographies of famous persons and leaders are often published as books (in print or electronic formats).  Searching a person's name as a keyword (i.e., in all fields in the catalog record) will locate works for which the person is an author in addition to works about that individual.  To exclude works authored by the person of interest, try a search by subject, with the person's name being the subject desired.  Order by "last name, first name."  Also try an advanced search using search terms or phrases such as: biograph* OR "oral history" OR interview* OR leader* OR hero* in your search string.  Any of these terms can be combined (using the AND operator) with a discipline of interest (such as business or medicine) to identify prominent people in a profession.

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Reference works such as encyclopedias often provide background information about famous people, and can be a good place to start when deciding who to research and write about.  Browse entries for particular subjects or topics to locate names of leaders in those areas.  

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