Are you an expert? Do you know everything there is to know about your topic? Probably not.
Finding background information at the beginning of your research is important to help familiarize yourself with the topic. It will allow you to identify a way to approach the topic or question(s) that you may seek to explore or answer in the course of your research and in your paper. Information that may give you more context include:
Here are some great places to start:
We have more to recommend...but that would be TMI! Instead, we encourage you to explore our Research Database pages. They are organized by subject areas. Each page is then separated out based on the type of information need.
Try some of the Reference, Background, and Overview databases.