Auckland Libraries: Researching well-known people

Researching well-known people​

Te rangahau tāngata rongonui

Are you researching an Aucklander or a local public figure? Here are some pointers to help you get started.

Search the library catalogue

If you are researching a well-known person, there is likely to be variety of resources available in the library catalogue.  

After entering your search word or phrase, you will see a Catalogue tab and an Articles tab. On the Articles tab, many well-known subjects will have a Research Starter. This contains a short biography with a list of other resources you can look up.  

Catalogue search result for Helen Clark.
On the 'Refine by' menu, tick or untick filters to limit or expand your search.

Browse online resources

As a library member, you can access a variety of databases and reference materials. Most of these resources have a search function. Some allow you to limit or expand your search.

For researching people, try these online resources:

Ask an expert

As your research progresses, you may need to: 

Find out more about our research services

Auckland heritage institutions

Within Auckland, there are a number of other heritage institutions that may be able to help with your local history research.