We have specialized research resources for every area of study at ISU.
The Information Sources diagram can help guide you. –––––––––►
I. REFERENCE WORKS
First, start with background information, such as a general encyclopedia, dictionary, almanac, etc. This will help you to understand your broad topic and put it in the context of history, the political situation, the people involved, and other related topics. You can save yourself a lot of time if you start with a good, solid understanding of your topic! From these sources you will learn spelling variations, other keywords to use, more specific topics to explore, and more.
Then, if you need more background information, seek out a more specialized reference source like a subject encyclopedia. Here are a couple of examples:
Use the Dictionaries & Encyclopedias tab at the left to find a great source for background information.