ERIC Number: ED401910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
A Comparison of "Current Biography Yearbook" and "Newsmakers" in the Areas of Multiculturalism, Gender Balance and Occupation.
Faux, Kimberly S.
Two of the annual collective biographical resources, "Current Biography Yearbook" and "Newsmakers," which are frequently available in the reference departments of public libraries, were compared. The purpose of the study was to determine if relationships existed between the work and the variables of gender, race, geographic setting, and also, if relationships existed between the variables of occupation and gender, and occupation and race within each biographical work. It was found that "Current Biography Yearbook" covered 808 biographical subjects and "Newsmakers" covered 745 between the years of 1991-1995. Two-hundred and six biographical subjects were found in both works, leaving 602 (75%) unduplicated biographies in "Current Biography Yearbook" and 539 (72%) in "Newsmakers." Males made up 74% of the subjects in "Current Biography Yearbook" and females 26%. In "Newsmakers," 67.9% of the subjects were male and 32.1% were female. For both works, biographical subjects were most likely to be white and from the United States. The largest occupation group in "Current Biography Yearbook" and "Newsmakers" was government/politics. High percentages of males were found in the occupations of sports and business, and high percentages of females were found in the occupation of writing. Although the black group had the second largest number of subjects, blacks were more likely to represent the sports occupation. A comparison of the 1991 and 1995 volumes of "Current Biography Yearbook" in the areas of gender and race/ethnic group indicated that more women and minorities are being included over time. Eleven tables present comparisons according to gender, race and occupation. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/AEF)
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