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World Biographical Index Online



    Aims and Scope

    World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS Online)

    The World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS Online) is the most comprehensive and extensive biographical database with information on persons, families and groups from all classes and professions, from all countries and regions of the earth, from the 4th millennium BC to the present; herein lies the uniqueness of this data base.

    WBIS Online is based on the digitization of the microfiche editions of K. G. Saur Verlag's Biographical Archives. For each individual Biographical Archive, the original texts of each biographical article from various reference works were taken, and facsimile reproductions were arranged alphabetically according to the person's name. These articles are reproduced in WBIS Online and as exact copies of the original articles. WBIS Online provides access to biographical information published in reference works from the 16th century to the present, not available as such an extensive collection in any library in the world.

    From alchemists to zoologists: the strength of the Biographical Archives lies in the variety of the biographies covered. Men and women from all centuries, all areas of society and professions are included, from science, politics, culture and business. Besides painters, jurists, farmers, physicians and sailors, it also encompasses journalists, clerics, aristocrats, writers and eccentrics, to mention but a few. It thus portrays the population as they were in real life, with all their achievements and attainments, along with their curiosities and peculiarities.

    WBIS Online gives the biographical data and facts on the person being searched for and the source from which the information originates in a clearly laid out presentation:

        * Name
        * Gender
        * Year of birth/ death/ Year Cited
        * Occupation and occupation classification
        * Short title of original source
        * Location of microfiche in Biographical Archive

    Unique in its extent, the database offers

        * Short biographical details and biographical articles on 6 million people from all over the world
        * More than 8.5 million original biographical articles, published from 1559 to the beginning of the 21st century
        * Biographies of people who lived in and were influential in all countries and regions of the earth.

    The basis for searches in WBIS Online is the World Biographical Index (WBI), representing a complete index to the 58 Biographical Archives, that are available in digitized format in WBIS Online.

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    "... magnificent project, which research libraries both general and specialised should subscribe to wholly or in part...".
    Reference Reviews, Bradford, No. 2, 2005

    "Projekte wie WBIS Online stemmen sich gegen das Informationsangebot, das das Internet gerade im Fall von historischen biographischen Recherchen vorgaukelt, aber nicht einlöst. Mit dem neuen Werkzeug hat das Suchspiel nun einen neuen Namen. Es heißt "Biographie. Ein Mausclick".
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Nr. 140, 19. Juni 2004

    "...The only comprehensive biographical database of its kind. [...] This is probably one of the best-organized and easy-to-use online databases available today. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
    Choice, Middletown, October 2005

    "Die umfangreichste biographische Online-Datenbank..."
    Newsletter, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien, Nr. 4, Dez. 2004

    "Der K. G. Saur Verlag [...] präsentiert den Schlüssel zum Tor der Weltgeschichte: Das World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS) ist die umfangreichste und umfassendste biographische Online-Bibliothek."
    News-Ticker, München, 6. September 2004

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