February 2012

Current Biography

H.W. Wilson Company

  • 950 University Avenue
  • Bronx, NY




$185 per year

Current Biography is a monthly magazine which publishes articles on "people who are prominent in the news – in popular culture, sports, science and technology, national and international affairs, business, and the visual and performing arts." Each article is about 6–7 pages long, and each profiles the most important achievements in that person's life, as well as a bit of his/her history. Much of the content is taken from other publications; in most cases these are popular news or magazine titles. Brief references are given, along with a suggested reading list.

Current Biography is a great magazine to peruse at the library. The people profiled are of such great variety that the average reader might not want to read each issue comprehensively. The benefit of browsing at the library is being able to see who is profiled each month, to then decide if the publication is of interest. Individual articles could be photocopied as personal interest warrants. The publication is also available in citation form on EbscoHost, to which the FIDM Libraries subscribe and offer to currently enrolled FIDM Students. This access allows students to search for exactly the people they want to read about, without having to thumb through dozens of back issues. However, it is not offered in full-text format on the database, so once the search has been narrowed down to a specific issue, that issue still has to be located in print form. The FIDM Libraries keep about two years of back issues of this and many other magazines. Public libraries are also a great source for tracking down back issues.

Whether you want to stay informed on a variety of important people in our culture or want to do specific research on one person, Current Biography is a great magazine worth your consideration. Stop by the FIDM Libraries, grab a comfy chair, and read at your leisure – or chat with our Reference Librarians for assistance with more in-depth research.

Reviewed by Library Staff Member, Robin Dodge