Encyclopedias, dictionaries, textbooks, and other reference books can help you discover basic information about a subject such as names, dates, definitions, and summaries, etc. These are good places to start when narrowing or choosing a research topic and when you are researching an unfamiliar subject.
Search by background information in the library catalog.
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.