Subject Encyclopedias are scholarly works written by experts on a variety of topics. The articles are typically longer and more detailed than general encyclopedias. The background information provides a good starting point as you begin the research process. Here are some of the ways a subject encyclopedia can help guide you:
Use Primo to find books and other materials on your topic. For example, for research on Hall Johnson, you could type "Hall Johnson" into the search box to find a biography of Hall Johnson as well as scores, collections of songs, and articles from periodicals.
Other sources of background information might be websites devoted to the topic of spirituals. Three such websites are listed below: