Gathering Background information can help you obtain a general overview of a topic
Background information can help you decide if you want to continue researching in that subject area. This kind of information may include definitions, historical figures, timelines, facts, origins, theories, events etc.
Reference resources are the most reliable sources for locating general or background information.
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and thesauri are generally considered as Reference resources.
Some Reference Databases are listed below: