When you’re looking for a topic, a good first step is to look for background information. “Background information” means short summaries or overviews of topics.
A good place to find background information is in reference books. They’ll give you the basic facts about your topic, which tells you what to type in search boxes to find more sources. Reference books let you…
The Simpson Library has hundreds of print and online reference books. Different types of reference books provide different types of background information.
There are also different types of reference materials that provide you with different types of useful information.
NOTE: Links to various reference materials have been included for the sake of example.
Print and online reference books can be identified using Quest. The print Reference books are shelved on the first floor of the Simpson Library in the Reference section.