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How Can Background Info Help?

Tip: Taking a few minutes to read about a topic in an encyclopedia may be the most effective and time-saving research tip you can share...

Encyclopedia articles can help with an overview or quick summary of basic ideas. They often include selected bibliographies or lists of references to other works, useful for additional information.

Use these to expand the list of research materials. A bibliography is an instant "shopping list" of the best and most relevant sources on a topic. 

Online Encyclopedias & Background Resources

Tip: See the Library's research guides for recommended encyclopedias on specific subjects.