Background Information gives you an introduction to a topic, issue, or person. It's what you're looking for when you look up "Surrealism" 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 wil take you.
North Carolina State University, "Picking Your Topic IS Research." Youtube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0B3Gjlu-1o>