Encyclopedias are alphabetically arranged collections of articles that provide background information on key concepts, issues, theories, and measures. They are a great place to start exploring a paper topic. Here are just a few.
Searchable database of several hundred subject encyclopedias and other reference works across all subject areas, but with particular strengths in the social sciences and humanities. It includes a number of major reference works, and is Northwestern’s largest single collection of reference materials. A good source for authoritative background information.
The CQ Researcher is a collection of reports covering political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy.