Good background information may be found in reference sources.
Reference sources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, manuals, guides) provide the following types of information on virtually any topic:
Find additional background/reference sources by searching Bishop Library's Catalog. After you run your search, limit your results using LOCATION--choose Reference, main level.
For full-text background/reference sources, head to Credo Reference, a database of over 1200 full-text reference books.
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