Use the background sources here, as well as other sources you might encounter, to gather information about your topic and consider what you still need to know before you start researching. You can use this information in searching for primary sources.
- Dates - Places - Names of persons involved - Names of organizations, government agencies, etc. - Names of particular laws or events
Background sources can also help you understand the larger historical context, so that you can determine what primary sources might be most useful or how a particular primary source fits into what was happening at that time.
These are just a few of the subject encyclopedias in the ZSR Library collection. To find more, put in a search term and add the word encyclopedia to your search. We also have encyclopedias on poverty, religion, immigration, and many other topics.