For many assignments, it's a good idea to begin with broad information on a topic, and move to more narrowly focused books and articles as you develop your topic. Following the tabs above from left to right will aid you in following this progression.
- Use Background Information to help place a topic in context, to define or narrow it, or to clarify a point of confusion. In addition, articles in these books often give list of books and articles for further reading in a section entitled Suggested Reading, Further Reading, Sources, or simply Bibliography.
- Use Find Books to find more detailed information.
- Use Find Articles when you have decided on a manageable topic.
- You will then want to find and analyze Find Primary Sources, the historical evidence that supports your thesis.