Encyclopedias and dictionaries provide background information and can be used to identify key people, events and dates which can then be used as search terms for finding additional information. In addition most encyclopedia articles include short bibliographies that will lead you to related readings.
These collections include encyclopedias covering many different subjects. Search them to find an encyclopedia or other reference book related to your topic.
Some of these sources are available in print only; the links below lead to the UW catalog records for these titles. Reference sources with full text accessible online with a UW login are marked with a lock () image.