Once you have identified some key terminology, the next step is to find background information on your topic. Background research serves many purposes.
Click here to learn more about background information and why it is so important to successful research.
Background information can be found in:
These sources are often listed on the Find Books or Find Articles tabs of our research guides.
You can browse a complete list of the Library's guides by visiting the research guides homepage.
If you can't find an encyclopedia, dictionary or textbook article on your topic, try using broader keywords or ask a librarian for help.
For example, if your topic is Global Warming, consider searching for an encyclopedia on the environment.