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EN 121: English Composition

About Biographical Research / Interview Assignments

Before starting to research a person, think about the following questions:
What do you know about the person? The more basic information you have the easier it will be to find further information. 

How much information do you want to find about the person? Do you just need basic information? Do you want the person's accomplishments set in historical context? Book-length biographies are often the answer for in-depth knowledge of the person, but reference books can provide basic and contextual information.  book cover coco chanel the enigma

What is the person's occupation? There are specialized biographical sources for authors and other occupations. 

How famous is the person? Info on less famous people may take some digging.
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Is the person known in relation to a particular country or state? Is the person only locally known?

Is the person living or dead? Obituaries often contain good overviews about a person's life, mixed with lesser known or interesting facts and anecdotes.        

Find profiles on / articles about people in Library Databases

Katie Couric on how to conduct a good interview

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