Background Information

View a video about using online encyclopedias to find background information.

Background information can clarify the basics of a topic, so you can focus your research on the specific information you need.

The best sources of background information provide a brief overview of a topic, including its larger context and important sub-topics.

Sources of background information include:

  • Encyclopedias, both general and subject specific
  • Magazine articles
  • Selective Web sites, particularly from organizations with interest and expertise on the topic

    Although most of the best subject encyclopedias must be used in the library, a few can be found online through your library. Beware of free Internet-based encyclopedias, which may not provide the best quality information.

    Posted by passport_team on March 11, 2004 at 03:01 PM