What is Background Information?
Background Information gives you an introduction to a topic, issue, or person. It's what you're looking for when you look up "Juvenile Justice" in an encyclopedia. Knowing a little bit about something you are researching helps you focus in on what's really interesting to you!
So...get a few facts, details, names and terms about your topic...then decide in what direction your curiosity will take you.
The following e-encyclopedias are available through the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). You may do a general keyword search in the GVRL or click on the titles to connect to a Table of Contents and use the search box for that specific source.
Animal Sciences (2002), 4 volumes
The Gale Encyclopedia of Science (2004), 6 volumes
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (2003), 17 volumes