For an upcoming assignment in this class, you and your peers will be developing context presentations that provide historical, political, social, or other background information for an assigned topic relevant to one of the primary literary texts you will read.
The subject encyclopedias and other resources listed on this course guide are intended to help you get started. You usually can expect to find the following important information in articles in subject encyclopedias:
Subject encyclopedias provide a quick way to gather background information and capture multidisciplinary lenses on a single topic. Compare, for example, the following selection of entries, all relating in some fashion to the building of the Panama Canal. For each entry, ask yourself these questions:
Your Turn! Working with your partner or small group, find at least 3 subject encyclopedia articles related to your broad topic. You may start by doing a general search for your broad topic, but don't stop there! Keep a running list of topics or keywords appearing in the entries you discover and look out for cross-references to additional sources.
Start with these subject encyclopedias and branch out as needed.
Print encyclopedias and dictionaries are located on the first floor of Collins Library.
Not sure where to look? Each of these online collections will introduce you to a wealth of dictionaries and encyclopedias.