Finding background information on your topic is always the recommended starting point, especially if you are unfamiliar with the topic or not sure what angle or perspective you are going to take.
Some of the information that you might want to try to find as part of a background search includes:
The goal of conducting background research is to understand the historical, cultural, and disciplinary context of your topic.
There are a variety of resources that can provide background information, including reference materials, such as subject-specific encyclopedias and dictionaries. Books are also a great place to gain a broad overview of a topic, as well as historical context.
Below are some examples of discipline-specific reference materials for topics in environmental studies and sustainability.
To find similar resources: