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Marquis Announces Who’s Who in American History

Marquis Who's Who, a 100-year old biographical publisher (http://www.marquiswhoswho.com), announced the addition of more than 70,000 digitized historical biographies to its online database, Marquis Who's Who on the Web. The company said the launch of this new online product—Who's Who in American History—represents the first phase of a major digitization initiative that will provide a "one-of-a-kind research database" for library patrons, students, historians, genealogists, and other researchers interested in learning about important and noteworthy people from America's past.

A simple, intuitive search screen allows researchers to find people by name, occupation, historical era, or birth and death information. They can also search by using keywords to identify important figures associated with historical events, such as military battles, inventions, explorations, civil rights movements, and more. Also available are collections of names under such categories as Firsts and Other Notables, U.S. Government and Law, and Historical Events. With the addition of historical archives to its existing online database of more than 1 million biographies, Marquis Who's Who on the Web now encompasses more than 5 centuries of biographies.

The digitization initiative from its print product will be completed during the summer of 2005 as Marquis adds approximately 40,000 additional biographies to its online database. Free trials of the service are available.

Source: Marquis Who's Who



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