I really didn't have any problems finding information about Thomas Jefferson. On the Internet, I just did a search for Thomas Jefferson, and I got all kinds of information, from the Thomas Jefferson University to his autobiography.
If I was the teacher, I would have allowed the students to print off of the web pages. It isn't illegal, and it would make it much easier and more efficient to hit command-p and hit return than copy down 5 pages of information longhand and not be able to write legibly for the rest of the day because of a numb hand. I also would have given a little more time than a week.
All of the information I have came from the Internet. I didn't use one book to find information. I think that it is much smarter to try to find information electronically than it is to go to a library, do a search, hope they have it in stock, walk around trying to find the book, go check it out, drive home, stop at McDonald's, and finally site down and read it.
By the time you get home and have time to read it, you're too tired to read the book, let alone do a report with it.
Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell in Albemarle county, Virginia, on April 13, 1743. His dad, Peter Jefferson and his mom Jane Randolph were members of the most famous Virginia families. Besides being born rich, Thomas Jefferson, was well educated. He attended the College of William and Mary and read law (1762-1767) with George Wythe, the best law teacher of his time in Virginia. He went into to the bar in 1767 and practiced until 1774, when the courts were closed by the American Revolution.