Step 2: Find Background Information
Background information gives you an understanding of your main concepts so that you can do your journal research more effectively. Here's how...
(These first searches can be as simple as looking up the term hell in an encyclopedia for a specific religious tradition)
Choose a specific encyclopedia and use it to search for more specific keywords and primary source information. Just follow the instructions in the box below this one.
If the encyclopedia is in our CREDO Reference database, it will look like this...just type hell on the "Search within this title" search bar to find general information about hell in Buddhism. (That general information will lead you to more specific information, I promise!)
If the encyclopedia is a stand-alone e-book, it will look something like this...again, use the "Search within this title" search bar!
Not sure about your topic and looking for ideas?
CREDO can be a great way to start - use the mind-map (it's clickable), or search through multiple encyclopedias at once.
Definitely use the subject-specialty encyclopedias!