Building context (and recognizing when you need more context) is an important element in the research process. Tertiary sources, especially subject encyclopedias, are often the best place to start when you are trying to establish some basic historical, social, or cultural context.
Articles in subject encyclopedias are written by scholars who have deep specialization in the topic and the articles themselves go through a stringent editing process. These resources can help you with:
In Collins Library, the print reference collection is located on the main floor, and most of the online reference collection is available in one of the database collections listed below. Use Primo to identify subject encyclopedias in either format; or ask a librarian for recommendations.
Start with these subject encyclopedias and branch out as needed.
Select 1-2 topics related to the cultural and/or historical context of Lovecraft Country to explore. Consult at least 2 different subject encyclopedia articles for information about your topic and reflect on the following questions.
Not sure where to look? Each of these online collections will introduce you to a wealth of dictionaries and encyclopedias.