Choose a Topic: Finding Background Information

Why Use...

Background information helps:

  • provide an overview of a topic;
  • discover keywords for searching databases; and,
  • identify a narrower, more focused aspect of a topic about which to research.

What is Background Information?

Background information includes basic information on a research topic such as:

  • important terms and concepts; 
  • relevant names of people or places; and,
  •  dates of specific events.

Where to Search for Background Information

Try these library databases for topic overviews and access to online encyclopedias: