How Do I Find an Overview of or Background Information on My Topic?

How do I find an overview of or background information on my topic?

Encyclopaedias and dictionaries (both online and print) help to give you a broad overview of or background information on your topic and can also help you to understand the context of your assignment topic.

You can find encyclopaedias and dictionaries on Subject Guides or through Discover:

  • Subject Guides: Select your broad subject area from the Subject Guides list and look for subject encyclopaedias in the section headed Background Information, or look for subject dictionaries in the section headed Concepts & Definitions.
    Subject Guides List

  • Discover: Search Discover for your topic, and add either encyclop* or dictionar* e.g. world food encyclop*

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