Biography in Context

NASA’s project to send an American astronaut into orbit relied heavily on three brilliant African-American mathematicians, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson. Their achievements kept America competitive in the space race and helped to break the color barrier at NASA.

But, there is so much more to their stories. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a resource that offered everything you could possibly want to know about prominent figures like them in one place? There is. It’s called Biography In Context and it’s a research resource of more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study.

The challenges, motivations, successes, and failures of history’s notables can be educational and inspiring to researchers. Biography In Context offers reference content for more than 400,000 figures, as well as magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and a vast array of images. It is continuously updated to ensure that researchers have access to the very latest information on everyone from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates.

For those who are more visual learners, Biography In Context offers images on the homepage with "hot spots" that when scrolled-over show additional content and details associated with that image.

Biography In Context allows you to take on your research with the support of the most highly respected sources including millions of full-text articles drawn from hundreds of periodical and newspapers including The New York Times, USA Today, Daily Mail (London), and Globe and Mail (Canada).

Get up close and personal with the world's most influential people with Biography in Context. Find Biography in Context and our other eSources on our Research page. Download the scavenger hunt below to learn more about "Hidden Figures" in Black history on Biography in Context.