This is a great place to start when you do not know where to begin. Summon is the library's version of Google. It searches both our library catalog and many of our databases all at once!
Need to look up a name, place, term, or event? The sources below contain many different kinds of encyclopedias and dictionaries and are excellent starting points for getting an overview on your topic as well as possible search terms to use later. Try them.
These sources offer background information on current events and controversial topics. And, they give both sides of an issue, so you can develop a better understanding of the topic.