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Hospitality Research:
Biographical Information

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This guide is designed to help you begin searching for biographical information about leaders in the hospitality industry. For more assistance, please contact us.

A printable version of this guide is also available:
Biographical Information PDF (44 KB)

Finding Books

Reference Sources
Reference sources usually contain topic overviews and authoritative information, and are good places to start your research. In many cases, they contain vital information that cannot be found anywhere else. A denotes a core resource.

  Title Call Number
African-American Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Rosen REF HC102.5.A2 K73 2004
Business: The Ultimate Resource Rosen REF HD38.15 .B878 2006
Culinary Biographies Rosen REF TX649.A1 C85 2006
Disney: A to Z Rosen REF REF PN1999.W27 S6 2006
Encyclopedia of African American Business Rosen HD2358.5.U6 E53 2006
Encyclopedia of American Business History Rosen REF HF3021 .G44 2006
Encyclopedia of American Women in Business Rosen REF HD6054.4.U6 K753 2005
Encyclopedia of Leadership Rosen REF HD57.7 .E53 2004
Icons of Business Rosen REF HC102.5.A2 D74 2007
International Directory of Business Biographies Rosen REF HC29.I57 2005
Movers and Shakers: The 100 Most Influential Figures in Modern Business Rosen REF HC29.M68 2003
Oxford Companion to Wine Rosen REF TP548 .O76 2006
Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives Rosen REF CT213 .S37

The above list is not comprehensive and more information may be covered in sources listed on the Rosen Research Guide about Company Information. For more assistance in locating appropriate reference materials, please contact us.

Biographies in the circulating collection are generally found in the following call number ranges:

  • HC102 - C272: Biographies, business leaders
  • TX649: Biographies, chefs
  • TX910.5: Biographies, hospitality leaders (hoteliers, restaurant managers, etc.)

For more information about the location of books, consult the library catalog.

Through OneSearch, you can locate books, journals, audiovisuals, government documents, and other types of materials. For assistance with searching in OneSearch, see the Rosen Research Guide Finding Books, Articles & More with OneSearch.

Finding Articles

The following periodicals are available in print in the library and may contain helpful information about industry leaders. General hospitality/tourism periodicals may also feature interviews and biographical articles about leaders in this field. To find articles on a specific topic, you may need to use one of our databases. A  Grad Cap  denotes a scholarly (peer-reviewed) source.

Attractions Management ("Profile" column) Grad Cap Intl. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Adm.
BizBash Florida ("Planners of the Year" issue) Grad Cap Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education
Business Week Meetings & Conventions ("People" column)
Convene Orlando Business Journal
Cruise Industry News Orlando Sentinel
Funworld Restaurant Hospitality ("Rising Star" column)
Harvard Business Review Wine Enthusiast ("Last Drop" column)
Hotel & Motel Management Wine Spectator


To find specific articles from journals and magazines, or to find information about a particular person, you may need to use one of UCF's many databases. (Note: if you are off campus, refer to the Off Campus Access page to find out how to access library databases using your PID or UCF ID card.)

Some useful databases for biographical information include:

  • Biography Resource Center: Biographical information on more than a million people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Search by name, birth and death years and places, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender.
  • Biography Index: Biography Index cites biographical articles appearing in any of more than 3,000 periodicals indexed in other databases, plus select other titles.
  • Business Source Premier: contains full text from the world's top management and marketing journals, including Harvard Business Review.
  • Credo Reference: Includes the full text of over 250 reference sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations. Users can choose to search all reference works or specific subjects, such as biography or business.
  • Hospitality & Tourism Complete: Includes scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism, with coverage from the 1960s to the present.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic: LexisNexis Academic People searches over 260 biographical resources, magazines, newswires, press releases and trade publications.

For a more detailed overview of how to use our databases, see the Rosen Research Guide titled Finding Articles.

Finding Other Materials

Unless the person you are writing about is a celebrity, detailed biographical information on the Internet can be difficult to find. However, you may wish to explore the websites listed under General Reference on our Helpful Websites page.

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