Look up your keywords in subject encyclopedias. Read articles in these encyclopedias to set the context for your research. Note any additional keywords for additional searches. Keep an eye out for relevant items in the references at the end of the encyclopedia articles.
A good exercise to get to know your topic is to read articles on it from a few different types of encyclopedias. You might start by searching for information in a general encyclopedia like Encyclopedia Britannica.
Next, compare the depth and quality to what you find in specialized encyclopedias such as those found in the Credo Reference Suite.
Also check out the Reference List or Works Cited in each article for more information on topic.
Find more background sources in the catalog by adding your keyword(s) to this reference-specific search: