Sometimes you need more information about a topic before you can effectively start searching for information. Searching encyclopedias can help you find that information.
However, at this stage in your academic career, your professor is likely to frown upon any use of Wikipedia in your scholarly work. Instead, use an encyclopedia, such as Britannica Academic Edition, which is considered scholarly since the information has gone through a rigorous review process.
Britannica Academic Edition is included on the Database A-Z list.
The updated online encyclopedia with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and websites.
Other Reference Book for Background Information
Gale EBooks are a set of reference books that can serve as additional sources for background information. Specifically this collection contains subject encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, almanacs, and manuals in many subject areas.