Background sources like encyclopedias can provide context for your topic or even help you choose one. They are great places to start because:
Use these helpful links to gather some background information on a topic before you dig into doing some serious research. Having a better understanding of a topic will help improve your assignment. Log-in may be required when using some resources form off-campus. Use your NetID and password. Call the library if you have any problems at 406-657-1662.
Watch this 5 minute tutorial to learn the differences between popular vs. scholarly sources.
Watch this video to learn more about the different types of periodicals that you may encounter when doing your research.