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Truth can be more entertaining than fiction. Hear about real people living extraordinary lives - here in Cambridge and everywhere else.

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 Wallis Simpson Duchess of WindsorRose McGowanWizard and the ProphetTimothy Leary

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Borrow and download digital biographies to your computer. Idea Exchange membership card required.
Biography & Autobiography

Canadian Encyclopedia
Canadian Encyclopedia

Your best source of info on Canadian topics. Use the search box to find in-depth articles from the Canadian Encyclopedia, Maclean's Magazine, Canadian Encyclopedia of Music, and TV and radio spots such as Historica Minutes.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Discover the people important to Canada whose death occurred between 1000 and 1930.

Virtual Reference Library
Virtual Reference Library

An entire reference library at your fingertips! Instantly access hundreds of eBooks and encyclopedias on virtually any subject, including business, geography, literature, history, and science. No checkout or special reader required. View the tutorial (Flash)
This website offers timely up-to-date information on everyone from Lil’Wayne to Maya Angelou to Abraham Lincoln. You can find video clips, photo galleries, fun games and you can even watch full episodes of A&E shows!

Search 30,000+ biographies and check out the interesting categories. Also includes famous Americans divided by race and ethnicity (there are notable Hispanic Americans, African Americans, American Indians and Asian Pacific Americans).

Waterloo Region Hall of Fame
If you’re looking for notable people from the Waterloo Region, look no further than the Waterloo Region Museum’s website.

City of Cambridge Hall of Fame
Here, you'll find people who have made our community a better place in which to live or brought renown to Cambridge through their deeds abroad. For another source of interesting Cantabridgians (also Prestonians, Hespelerites and Galtonians) check out: Cambridge mosaic: an inquiry into who's who in the history of Cambridge by Jim Quantrell.