The following are examples of encyclopedias, handbooks, and annotated bibliographies that provide background information on your topic which you can use to focus your research question. These resources will also cite books and articles that can jump start your search for more specific research literature.
Search within these collections to identify reference sources and entries within these sources relevant to your topic.
Examples of titles included in the Sage Research Methods database:
Additional books on research methods, academic writing, and other aspects of graduate education can be found in NUSearch. One example of a book found using one of the subject headings from the following selective list is included:
The language used to describe library, archival, and other cultural collections has been under scrutiny to ensure inclusiveness for several decades. The implementation of inclusive and respectful language is uneven and progress is incremental. Below are a few resources that may help you identify a range of terms to use when searching, keeping in mind that using a variety of synonyms for your research topic will be most effective, especially when searching in multiple databases and disciplines.
Northwestern University Libraries provides this Statement of Bias in Metadata along with information about our efforts to redress this bias.