Drawing by Paul Klee
Before you start your research you should know what you are looking for. Consult the information shared by your faculty member:
A good encyclopedia can provide beginning researchers with the following:
The reference collection contains encylopedias representative of the curriculum. Use the online catalog to locate these subject specific sources.
Credo Reference is a collection of fulltext reference materials. It is an excellent place to start to get background information on a topic.