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World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS)

One-time purchase of base content (RRP), subsequently annual update fee for new content.


    • the world's largest digital collection of biographical sources
    • an indispensible tool for interdisciplinary research in historical contexts
    • easy access for every library visitor / unlimited digital rights management
    • 29 different archives: regions, cultures and religious groups

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    Aims and Scope

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    8.4 million original biographical articles based on digitized microfiches from the biographical archives of the K. G. Saur publishing house. 250,000 biographies from 300 new sources will be added from fall 2017 until 2021.


    Original sources on 6 million historical personalities. Men and women, families and groups from all sectors of society and of all professions, from the sciences, politics, culture and economics.


    From all countries and regions of the world. Addition of entries for North America, Spain, Portugal, South America, France, Italy, UK, the Benelux countries and Germany in the 2017 update.


    Biographical information from the 4th millennium BC to the present. Published in reference works from the 16th century until today.


    Whether you are a historian, sociologist, cultural and literary scholar or theologian: WBIS is the perfect tool for researchers who work on biographical topics.

    No single library or search engine provides biographical information on so many historical personalities. The World Biographical Information System Online provides a detailed and authentic picture of people’s achievements, feats, curiosities and peculiarities.

    From 2017 on direct scanning will improve the quality of the sources. Three tried and tested search options (Basic, Biographical and Bibliographical Search) allow for a simple and precise research in the Online Reference.

    Archives included in WBIS:

    African Biographical Archive
    American Biographical Archive, incl. Canadian Biographical Archive
    Arab-Islamic Biographical Archive
    Australasian Biogr. Archive
    Baltic Biographical Archive
    Biographical Archive of the Soviet Union
    Biographical Archive of Christianity
    Biographical Archive of the Ancient World
    Biographical Archive of the Benelux Countries
    Biographical Archive of the Middle Ages
    British Biographical Archive
    Chinese Biographical Archive
    Czech and Slovak Biographical Archives
    French Biographical Archives
    German Biographical Archive
    Greek Biographical Archive
    Hungarian Biographical Archive
    Indian Biographical Archive. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
    Italian Biographical Archive
    Japanese Biographical Archive
    Jewish Biographical Archive
    Korean Biographical Archive
    Polish Biographical Archive
    Russian Biographical Archive
    Scandinavian Biographical Archive
    South-East Asian Biographical Archive
    South-East European Biographical Archive
    Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Archive
    Turkish Biographical Archive


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