Tie virtually every course of study to the study of people

Biography in Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.

Scope and Depth

The challenges, motivations, successes, and failures of history’s notables can educate and inspire students. Biography In Context is built on a foundation of more than 700,000 biographies designed to draw students into new perspectives on familiar topics.

Authoritative Content 

More than 170 eBook titles from Gale and its publishing partners include:
  • Almanac of Famous People
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • Newsmakers
  • Writer’s Directory

News and Multimedia

  • Biography in Context bring students face-to-face with their subjects via video, audio clips and images of yesterday's and today’s most studied figures
  • Daily newspapers and newswires, including The London Evening Standard, Daily Mail (London), New York Times and USA Today keep students up to date
  • Web-like functionality meets the needs of today’s students and allows them to quickly become comfortable with the product


Biography in Context is a beautiful product – the user is drawn by the images, videos and the “look and feel” of the In Context databases. And of course it is a good combination of academic, reference and primary material – making it useful not just for undergraduate students but also for postgraduates and researchers.

Mr Niel Hendriksz – Librarian at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa