I like Who’s Who online, especially as it’s free. I access it free of charge via local libraries (see my posting on Free resources for prospect research, 15 January, 2008).
I like being able to email articles to myself, so that I can check through the research results later on, and I particularly like some of the natty functions provided. There is the “Look it up” facility highlighted near the top of the page. Highlight some text in the entry for one of your search results, then click “Look it up”. You can then check out other entries containing those words (but beware, as it is not necessarily that precise phrase).
I also like the link (on the left of the page) for other members of the same club(s) in the entry for one of your search results, others in business and finance, or who share the same birthday, etc.
You can filter any results by gender and by alive/dead
I also use KnowUK, which includes an earlier version of Who’s Who online, and doesn’t have the same advanced search function, or natty facilities mentioned above. That said, KnowUK is also a very useful resource.
Marvellous, and free of charge!
Enjoy – where’s my anorak?