Background information can be found in:
Reference books are a good starting point for your research:
Once you have identified some keywords, the next step is to find background information on your topic. Background research serves many purposes.
Specialized encyclopedias have:
The School of Education Library provides a selection of reference works in print format, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. This guide provides a list of selected sources.
In addition to the print reference resources provided by the School of Education Library, the Campus Libraries provide access to electronic reference materials, and there are many others freely available on the Internet.