Background research is am important step for getting started with researching any topic, as well as to help make sense of the information you find throughout the research process. These types of sources can provide a brief summary of a topic, explain important theories, define commonly used terms, and provide biographical information on important people in the field.
Articles, chapters, and reviewed essays from subject encyclopedias are particularly helpful for providing a snapshot of a specific topic. Some of these resources might be accessible online by providing your CSUDH username and password while others might be available as physical books to check out from the library. Just click the title to find out how to access each book!