There are many places one can find biographies of famous and inportant individuals. Here are some suggestions:
In this section you will find a list of selected biographical reference sources. This list is selective. For more biographical reference resources, including biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias, please search the Catalog.
Many subject specific and general encyclopedias will include articles on individuals who made various contributions in those areas. For more information on encyclopedias and dictionaries please see Encyclopedias & dictionaries subsection of the Reference Sources section in this guide.
Books are a very important source in finding biographical information on people, particularly if you can find a biography, autobiography or a memoir. See "Books" section of this guide on how to find books. To find biographies on your subject, search the Subject Word/s field in the Catalog or WorldCat for the name of your person or for the terms such as "jew* AND biography."
As author Avraham Yaakov Finkel says in his introduction to The Great Torah Commentators, no words are adequate to describe the Torah. 'Only by actually tasting the words of our sages, by biting into them, can we gain an insight into the profound wisdom and beauty of the Torah. The selections in this book are intended to serve as tidbits to arouse the reader's appetite to study the masters from their sources.'
This exceptional work, with entries from Rav Abba to Rav Zutra, is an unprecedented study of every rabbi in the Talmud. The reader will find concise entries on every rabbinic personality mentioned in the Talmud, major and minor alike, and will discover such facts as their dates of birth, education, and occupation. Most entries are accompanied by a brief story about the rabbinic personality, with sources cited for easy reference.
Updated edition of this work on Judaism features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists. Available through the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
The The Lexicon of Modern Hebrew Literature is compiled by Joseph Garlon-Goldschlager and is hosted by the Ohio State University. It provides short biographies and bibliographies of works of Modern Hebrew writers. The site is in Hebrew.