Encyclopedias and dictionaries are great places to start when researching a new topic. These resources provide background information on a wide range of topics that can help generate ideas or answer preliminary questions. Typically, the information found in these sources is not cited. For more information on the benefits of using encyclopedias to conduct your preliminary research, visit: Wikipedia:Academic Use.
Multidisciplinary Databases and Journals
Multidisciplinary databases and journals are also great places to get started. These resources provide access to popular and scholarly sources across many subject areas. Use the resources below if you're developing your research question or trying to get an overview on your topic.