Research Databases

Selected Websites

  • American Presidents: Life Portraits

    Companion site to the C-SPAN series, this site features brief information about each of the presidents, along with links to web sites for further information and extensive bibliographies of books about the presidents. 


  • Astronaut Biographies

    Biographical information about career astronauts, payload specialists, astronaut candidates, and cosmonauts who have flown aboard U.S. spacecraft.

  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Short biographies of Senators, Representatives, and other elected officials, from 1774 to the present.

  • The Presidents

    Brief biographical information for the presidents of the United States, with links to Presidential libraries' web sites for more information.

  • Political Graveyard

    A database of United States history, politics, and cemeteries. The site can be searched by name, office held (or sought), location, or date of birth or death.

  • The List of Popes

    All popes from 32 AD to the present, with links to biographical information for most. From the Catholic Encyclopedia.

  • Rulers

    Lists heads of state and heads of government for all countries of the world, dating back to 1700. Also included are heads of international organizations, foreign ministers, and religious leaders. The site also chronicles relevant events in world leadership on a month-by-month basis back to 1996.

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