If you can't find an encyclopedia, dictionary or journal article on your topic, try using broader keywords or ask a librarian for help.
For example, if your topic is on Francis Asbury, consider looking in a dictionary or encyclopedia focused on Methodism.
Once you have identified some key terminology, the next step is to find background information on your topic. Background research serves many purposes.
Background information can be found in:
These sources are in the Complete Resource List or in our subject guides.