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ENGL 1501 - J. White TUHS: Topics & Background Info

A Library Guide for resources

Background Information

When conducting research, it is helpful to know the history and background of topics and themes. For example, understanding the historical background of racism in politics, education, health care, etc., is necessary to understand where America is today. Subject encyclopedias are excellent sources that provide the historical roots of a problem and identify people, organizations, an efforts that are involved in resolving the conflicts and controversies. Reference sources can also help you narrow your topic and discover keywords for further searching.

Below are library reference sources that will provide you with background information on all of the possible topics. Each encyclopedia offers entries on multiple aspects of racism.

Possible Topics


Mt. Everest


Climate change



Search and rescue operations

Political aspects

Religious aspects

People with disabilities

Environmental aspects

Tourism / Ecotourism

National Parks