You can find background information in a variety of sources, including:
Subject encyclopedias, which provide reliable information on a variety of topics to get a broader understanding and refine your research question. Our library has subject encyclopedias in the following databases:
Books and e-books, which provide a comprehensive overview on your topic and may include helpful bibliographies that lead you to additional sources. Visit the library catalog to locate hardcopy books, and visit our e-book collection to search for e-books.
The web—Google is useful for general searches. Make sure you evaluate an information source for factors such as accuracy, authority, currency, and purpose.