Reading background or introductary information gives you an overview of your topic, and might outline the main issues. Also, many encyclopedia and other introductory sources include bibliographies. A bibliography is a list of sources the author used. A bibliography, or notes, or works cited page is an instant "shopping list" for other articles relevant to your topic.
Here is an example of an additional reading list from a Britannica online article.
Two great databases for exploring topics are:
Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context, provides information on important current news events. This database can help with writing a critical essay, researching a report or term paper, or preparing for a speech.
Gale Science in Context provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics--showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.
The library also has a great series called Oxford Very Short Introductions. Athens campus has them in print on a carousel near the new books shelf. We also have themn online. Each book includes a "further reading" section, which points you in the direction of other sources.
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