Biography in Context Developed by Gale Cengage Learning


TitleBiography In Context Database

Developer: Gale Cengage Learning

Genre: Database

Reading Level/Interest Age: 13 and up

Plot: Biographies of famous individuals are stored in this database and there are over 528,000 individual biographies. The records consist of information about well known individuals that are covered in a variety of subjects (from athletics to literature). Users are able to search for specific people in the search bar or browse through each individual subject. These biographies display detailed information about the specific individual.

Critical Evaluation: Every individual biography is well equipped with detailed information that is highly reliable and is a great resource for students. After comparing Stephenie Meyer’s biography in Biography in Context with the bio from her official website, the information is seen to be accurate. Unfortunately, not every popular individual is represented on this database. When searching for Tite Kubo, the famous manga writer of the popular series Bleach, there are no records of a biography on him. However, the database does retrieve bibliography entry for a book that he has written.

Reader’s Annotation: Be able to learn all about a person’s life through Biography in Context.

Developer: Retrieved from the Gale Cengage LearningAbout Gale” website –

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. Best known for accurate and authoritative reference content as well as intelligent organization of full-text magazine and newspaper articles, Gale publishes learning resources in a variety of formats including web portals, digital archives, print and eBooks.

Gale product lines include:

  • Five Star
  • Gale Digital Collections
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Greenhaven Press
  • Primary Source Media
  • Thorndike Press

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Through the company’s unique position within both the library and academic markets,Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Cengage Learning’s brands include Brooks/Cole, CourseTechnology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others.

Curriculum Ties:

  • Biographies
  • People in a particular subject

Booktalking Ideas: N/A

Challenging Issues: N/A

Why This Database? This database is a great resource for students who are learning about a particular individual for reports. I enjoy reading the immense amount of information that is available about each person.


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