A background source provides context information concisely and thoroughly. Context information includes:
Consult background sources:
Two categories of background sources are:
In the email I most recently sent to the class list regarding your questions about background sources, I mentioned two more background sources and a search strategy. See below.
To find more background sources, go to the online library catalog. Type a simple keyword representing your topic into the search box. For example, if your topic has to do with race and politics, type in politics. Next, use the dropdown menu under the keyword box to select Reference. Click search.
The search results are all reference/background sources about politics. Some are online, and some are available in the Reference section of the McWherter Library. Look in the indexes and tables of contents of each for your related terms.
For example, in the Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, look in the index for words like racism, race, African Americans, Civil Rights Act of 1964, voter discrimination, etc.