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*

Take it further

Massey's OWLL website can answer questions about assignment planning:

Not what I was after

Still have questions? We're happy to help:

Contact us

Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey