Before getting started with research, it is a good idea to start with some background and context to the issues you are investigating. The sources below will help you get to that information quickly AND they can help you focus your research topic!
Gale Virtual Reference Library, or GVRL, is an online collection of subject-specific encyclopedias and other reference works. It provides a one-stop shop for background and context materials covering a wide variety of topics.
Subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks. Also included are over 1,100 short reference videos, nearly 450,000 high-resolution art images, photographs and maps across all subject areas.