Step 2: Find Background Information
Once you have a main topic and keywords for your research, find one or more sources of background information. These sources tell you about your topic in a general sense - and help you understand the broader context of it. General sources also provide references for further research.
Begin with your class textbook. Check sources cited in the text.
Subject-specific encyclopedias have more detailed articles written by experts in a field. Bibliographies in these sources tend to be more comprehensive.
Many subject encyclopedias are in the Reference section of Plough Library. To find a subject-specific encyclopedia, search the Library Catalog. Do a keyword search for your subject followed by the word "encyclopedia."
If you need an encyclopedia on education, enter "education encyclopedia" in the library catalog search box.