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:
Here are some useful web sites containing biographical information on famous peoeple. 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.
This is a good source for true stories about famous people.
Infoplease Biography Site
This is a free, authoritative, reference site that provides biographies of famous people.
Internet Public Library
A searchable biographical directory of famous/infamous people. You can browse by category, alphabetical order, highest rated or by most popular. This site indexes and provides links to biographies available from other Web sites.
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.