Searching the library catalog for reference materials is a great place to start your research. Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Specialized Reference Books can offer a background of information you can build your research around. When searching the catalog type REF AND and then your topic to find reference materials on your topic. Remember that you often have to go broader in your thinking to find background information.
The Reference materials are found in the first few rows of compact shelving just beyond the Reference Desk. If you have any problems finding something please Ask a Librarian.