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Starting places

For topics in French Language, Literature and Culture... 

If you're looking for a biographical sketch and bibliography on an author... then  try the "Person Search" in the Literature Resource Center database. Also consult The new Oxford companion to literature in French or the Guide to French Literature
If you're looking for full length biographies and books about your author... then search the Library Catalog. Search your writer's name as a subject to separate books by from books about the author.
If you're looking for journal articles or book chapters on an author or topic... then start with MLA Int'l Bibliography database. If your topic involves Christianity or theology try ATLA Religion as well. Other recommended databases.