Scholarly encyclopedias and dictionaries provide background information on your topic as well as details. They can also help you identify additional sources and research ideas.
While the Library's physical collections are currently closed, roughly half of USU Libraries' print collection is now accessible through the HathiTrust digital library. To access as a USU user, please see our detailed instructions for logging in and using the collection.
You can use the USU library catalog to find books and ebooks on your topic by selecting the appropriate Material Type (in Advanced Search) for the resource you are looking for:
We can mail books from the library collection to your home. We can also provide scans of book chapters (one per book) regardless of if we have it in our collection. Both of these services are free, and requests can be made via InterLibrary Loan.
RILM is the top database for music research, though JSTOR and Historical Abstracts can also be useful tools.
Dissertations can be long and overwhelming documents, but they can also be very useful research tools. They can help you not only understand your topic and its background, but they also contain lengthy reference lists you can use to find other sources.