ENGL 101 English Composition 1

Reference Collections

Finding Background Information

Find Background Information on your topic in library reference (academic encyclopedias) databases.

Sample Encyclopedia from Gale Ebooks  

Need statistics or in-depth content?

Another great reference source for background information is the Information Plus Reference Series. The topic range is extensive, from Animal Rights to Water: a Global Perspective. 

Need arguments and counter arguments?

Background Information: the 5 Ws & H

Ask Clarifying Questions

Find background information on your current topics in library databases. When searching, be sure to ask yourself these questions!

Who: Who does this impact? Who is involved?

What: What are the key issues? 

When: When is this an issue? What is its context & history? 

Where: Where is this an issue?

Why: Why is this occurring? Why does it matter?

How: How is it currently being addressed? How can it be changed?