Answered By: ESC Sara Last Updated: Aug 08, 2023 Views: 395
Finding background information on your topic can be as simple as using a search engine or Wikipedia. If you do use websites, be prepared to evaluate them for validity.
You may also find background information using library dictionaries and encyclopedias and other ebooks. To do this:
1. Go to the library homepage,
2. Click Dictionaries & Encyclopedias,
3. Select a reference database,
4. Search for your topic by keyword in the search box at the top of the database
5. Your search results will contain articles from different kinds of reference resources such as handbooks, guides, and subject encyclopedias.
General library e-books can also sometimes be good sources of background on your topic. To search our e-book collections, click the E-books link on the library homepage.
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