Contemporary Authors

Wanting information concerning a contemporary author for a report? Try these resources:


Literature Resources from Gale
This resource will provide biographies, literary criticism, reviews, newspaper articles, and multimedia. Look for the Source Citation at the end of each article to include in your bibliography or works cited page.

The biographies found through this resource will also often provide a link to the author's website.

Biography in Context
If you are unable to locate a biography of your author in Literature Resources from Gale, try this database.
*Please note, if you DID locate a biography through Literature Resources from Gale, the same source may be used to provide the author's biography in this database.

Internet Resources

This is the official website of the A&E's Biography television series.

Children's and YA Book Authors and Illustrators on the Web
Author Cynthia Leitich Smith has gathered hundreds of websites here. You just might locate your author's website though this site.

Citing Sources

One of the many perks of using SC DISCUS is that you will find the source citation (already correctly formatted) at the end of each article. But if you use another print or nonprint source, you will need to create a citation for it.


Bib_Me.jpg is a free service that not only creates your citations, but also will create your bibliography/works cited page for you. There is even an option to add an annotation to a citation.

Creating a BibMe Account

Although you do not have to create an account to use BibMe, you will want to do so if you wish to be able to access your bibliographies later.

Creating an account is easy. Click on the word "Register" in the top right of the window. The following screen will open.
Once you have completed the form, you are registered and will be able to use the site immediately.

Using Knight Cite

If you prefer using another citation generator, we recommend Knight Cite.