Here are some useful web sites containing biographical information on famous people. To find information on the web on a specific person try a google search but make sure to apply the web site evaluation criteria on the left panel to ensure the information is valid and credible.
American Memory Project
This site contains thousands of materials related to biography, including collections such as American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-; and California: First-Person Narratives, Books.
This is a good source for true stories about famous people.
Cyndi’s List: Biographies
Cyndi's list contains more than 200 biographical resources are available in this guide which contains information from many genealogical resources on the internet.
Infoplease Biography Site
This is a free, authoritative, reference site that provides biographies of famous people.
The Time 100
Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, as assembled by Time. It was first published in 1999. This link is for 2020. Search Google for the other years.
Because anyone can create a web page it is important to to distiguish reliable information from bad information or misinformation on the web.
The author should be held to the same degree of credentials and authority that one would expect from something published in a reputable print resource (book, journal article, reputable newspaper, etc.).
Here are five simple criteria for evaluating information on the internet:
Professional journalists and other fact checkers use the concept of lateral thinking. The Four Movements, or SIFT, spell out what to do: