To search for a person:
Try three different searches in the online catalog.
Also look for books related to the person you are searching - what time period did they live, what are they famous for?
Example for Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Movement, African American Women, American Women
Checkout these enjoyable reads and interesting people - biographies, memoirs and historical non-fiction.
Reference books do not check out but are great resources for profile essays. If you can't find information on whomever you are profiling, check with a reference librarian and we will help you locate a reference book that may contain a profile entry.