Use authoritative dictionaries and reference sources.
Discover subject encyclopedias in the Dictionaries and Encyclopedias section of Databases and on our online Subject Encyclopedias page.
Here are three examples of online reference encyclopedias that provide useful background for your topics. Each of these encyclopedias is also available in a print edition, shelved in the Olin Reference collection.
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Revised edition. Detroit: Scribners, 2005.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 2nd ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 2013.
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2nd ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015.