Finding Background Information
Conducting research is a complex process. Developing a list of terms and relationships among those terms is part of developing a research strategy. Reading background information may help you refine the questions you ask and may lead you to related questions as well.
Credo Reference is a good place to start.
Reference books are a special subset of Pelletier's collection. Here you will find specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and other materials that provide authoritative background information on your topic. We also have some reference "books" in electronic form.
FS 101: It’s My Privilege: Defining Diversity, Difference, and Deviance
Professor: Deb Dickey
Librarian: Cynthia Burton, x2982
Examples of Topics
Hate Crimes targeting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered)
Stigma and the Institutionalization/Treatment of the Mentally Ill
Poverty in the U.S.