Try an Academic Encyclopedia
Subject Encyclopedias are great for:
- choosing a topic
- getting an overview of the timeline
- gaining new terminology about the issue
- finding more sources on a topic through the bibliographies
Some Basic Research Tools
Use authoritative dictionaries and reference sources.
Wikipedia might be a handy tool in some cases, but it's not what your professors would call a reliable or authoritative reference source. The library resources listed below provide access to scholarly information on a range of subjects. Use the Library Subject Guides to find many more.
American Social & Cultural History
The list is only a selection. Browse the shelves adjacent to a given title for more.