Locate books for background information.
Books can give you an overview of your topic. You do not necessarily have to read the entire book, just enough to support your assignment. Many of our (print) books will have a link to the table of contents or summary of what the book is about to help you determine if it will be useful. For e-books, you can download individual chapters or entire books (depending on what ebook database you are using).
If you have a specific title or author you are looking for, use the library catalog to locate books or media (e.g. DVD's) on your topic. Books in our collections are a mix of print (paper) and electronic (e-book). From the main library webpage at the tab, or use the box below, to search for books.
Encyclopedias and Handbooks
Encyclopedias and handbooks are also good for overviews on a subject. Encyclopedias can be general, covering many topics, or subject specific. Handbooks are usually on one subject. Encyclopedia entries are usually short enough to read for an overview. Handbook entries tend to be longer, but are thorough.
Find additional encyclopedias and handbooks from the library catalog.