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Featured Background Resources

Use these background information sources (encyclopedias, dictionaries & handbooks) to...

  • get useful definitions, explanations and overviews of the concepts you're interested in
  • get a more useful, complete, contextual and multi-perspective understanding of your topic
  • identify additional keywords you can use when searching for articles and reports

Additional Encyclopedias, Handbooks & other Reference Works

Click & search within one of the subject-focused encyclopedias and dictionaries listed below:

A Good Way To Start!

Still deciding on a topic or needing inspiration? Try searching some of the sources listed in the 'News & Issues' section of this guide.

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