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General Lit and biography of Lit sources
Gale Literature Resource Center
Literature Resource Center with Complete Scribner Writers and Twayne's Authors Series provides direct access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from all ages and literary disciplines in a single Internet-searchable service. Its resources cover more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with additional in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most studied authors.
For author biographies use the Person Search.
ProQuest One Literature
Search for authors names, then especially check out Reference Works to find background info about, for example, the Harlem Renaissance.