Background information can be very important as you begin your research especially if you are working in an unfamiliar subject area. It can:
If you are not in the library and need to access reference materials, Lightner has an online reference collection that you can access anywhere you have a connection to the Internet.
Encyclopedias are an excellent place to begin your research project. They can provide a concise overview of a topic in language that is easy to read and understand. This can be particularly useful if you are working in a subject area that you are not familiar with.
A good place to begin your research is with Lightner Library's print reference collection located on the main floor of the library. These resources can help you answer many of your research questions and can provide you with the background information on your research topic.
Reference sources include: