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Why background information?

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference resources help you to discover basic information—names, dates, definitions, summaries, etc. These are good places to start when beginning research on an unfamiliar subject, and when choosing or narrowing a paper topic.

Literary Terms and Concepts

Authors

Biographical reference works

Interviews and profiles

For more recent individuals who are less famous or have yet to make it into reference works or other books, newspapers and magazines are a possible source of information. Some news databases even allow you to limit your search to interviews and biographical information.

Guides to Literature in English

Drama

Background Information in the Library Catalog

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You can search the library catalog to find many more reference sources such as specialized encyclopedias. Perform a keyword search for your topic and add one of the words below.

  • encyclopedia
  • dictionary
  • handbook
  • guide
  • atlas

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