Finding Background Information
Encyclopedias are a good way to get background information. They provide a broad overview of your topic and put it in the context of what is already known about the subject.
References are included at the ends of articles to point you to further information. The long reference lists are a good way to identify useful articles. See this tutorial on finding an article when you have the citation in hand.
Finding Journal Articles
If you are looking for a specific article or book chapter, Libraries Search (see top of page) is a good place to start, especially if you have an article or chapter title.
If you don't have the title for the article, but you have other information like the journal title, year, and page number, you can use Citation Linker to get to the article.
If you don't already have a specific article in mind, use an article index or database, like one of those listed below, to find articles on your topic. An article index gives you information about articles such as article title, author, journal or magazine name, issue, and year. Sometimes the whole article is included. If not, you can often link out to it or we can get it for you via Interlibrary Loan.
Give credit to those whose work you use in your own writing and help others find your sources. Use Documentation Quicktips for citing sources using major styles and avoiding plagiarism. (University of Minnesota Center for Writing)