La Pine Elementary: Mrs. Hjeresen – African American Biographies

Deschutes Public Library Online Resources

In the “Online Resources” section of the Deschutes Public Library website (www.deschuteslibrary.org/onlineresources), check out the databases in the Homework category! Use your library card (including Library Linx cards) to log in, or use them at a public library. Do a keyword search or browse the categories in these databases for magazine and journal articles covering your topic.

Biography in Context
This database has over 180,000 biographies.
Junior Reference Collection
This reference collection is aimed at middle school students, but might have some more in-depth information for Ms. Hjeresen’s 4th grade class.

Kids InfoBits
A database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
Student Resources in Context
Offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards; includes hours of video and audio clips and podcasts.


Browse the biographies at the La Pine Public Library or search the online catalog for your subject.

Here are some useful titles for your research:

Cover Image Barack Obama : Our Forty-Fourth President
Nichols, Catherine.
Mankato, MN : Child's World, c2009.

A thorough, illustrated biography discussing the childhood, career family, and election of Barack Obama, forty-fourth president of the United States.

Cover Image Boys Who Rocked the World : Heroes From King Tut to Bruce Lee
McCann, Michelle Roehm, 1968-
New York : Aladdin ; Hillsboro, Or. : Beyond Words, 2012.

Short profiles of famous men throughout history, from King Tut to Crazy Horse to Stan Lee to Shaun White.

Cover Image Harriet Tubman
Sullivan, George, 1927-
New York : Scholastic Reference, 2002, c2001.

Using a variety of primary sources, this biography of Harriet Tubman describes the life of a former slave who was responsible for helping many other slaves to freedom.

Cover Image Harriet Tubman : The Life of an African-American Abolitionist
Shone, Rob.
New York : Rosen Pub. Group, 2005.

In graphic art format, presents the life of Harriet Tubman, the African American woman born into slavery who escaped and helped free other slaves.

Cover Image Louis Armstrong : Jazz Musician
McKissack, Pat, 1944-
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, c2001.

Cover Image M.L.K. : Journey of a King
Bolden, Tonya.
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006.

Cover Image Portraits of African-American Heroes
Bolden, Tonya.
New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2003.

Cover Image Promises to Keep : How Jackie Robinson Changed America
Robinson, Sharon, 1950-
New York : Scholastic, 2004.

A biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues, as told by his daughter.

Cover Image Rosa Parks
Linde, Barbara M.
New York : Gareth Stevens, c2011.

Cover Image Yes we Can : A Biography of President Barack Obama
Thomas, Garen Eileen.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2009, c2008.


Mae C. Jemison, NASA Astronaut
NASA’s biography of Mae Jemison.

Meet a Super Scientist
Information about Mae Jemison from Scholastic.

Barack Obama

Morgan Freeman
The actor’s biography from the Internet Movie Database.

Jazz Biographies
This site from PBS includes Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis.
The MY HERO project
Includes biographies of great heroes.

African American Biographies
The Multnomah Public Library has gathered a variety of sites that focus on African American biographies. There are megasites (those with multiply biographies) and sites for individuals, including Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, and MLK, Jr.

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Last modified on Friday, January 17, 2014
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