Xrefer and A&C Black have announced that Who's Who 2005 and the full Who's Who archive Who Was Who are now available to search and browse on the xreferplus Specialist Reference platform. Who's Who is a U.K.-based annual resource for information on people of influence and interest. It was first published in 1849 and contains over 30,000 biographies of people from all walks of life.
Institutions where libraries purchase access to Who's Who 2005 online via xrefer will enable their users to search and browse for anyone whose biography has been included in the latest edition of the reference work. In addition, users will have full access to the 10 volume archive of Who Was Who, which is integrated with the latest edition of Who's Who. Who Was Who contains details of over 100,000 deceased biographies and dates back over 100 years to 1897 and is no longer available to purchase in print in full. With the addition of xrefer's browsing interface, users can browse for biographies according to profession, company or institution, education, address, birthday, birth year, recreations, or decorations. They can also see which entrants are new in the latest edition of Who's Who.