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Literature Online is a good starting place for biographical author research as well as literary criticism. Try searching by author name, such as "morrison, toni" to find an author page that brings together biographical and critical works.
In our library search, try searching by author name as subject to get a list of results (books, journal articles, newspaper articles, etc.) about the author.
As mentioned, in Literature Online you can find author biographies as well as literary criticism.
Project Muse and JSTOR also contain scholarly book chapters and articles on literary works. Use the author's name and book title as keywords, such as "morrison, toni" AND beloved to center your search results on a specific work by the author.