As you begin your research your results may include such items as encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries and yearbooks. These items provide an excellent introduction to a topic and may help you focus and narrow your research. These resoruces exists as physical books in the Library and as online resources.
You may wish to start with the Encyclopedia Britannica
The Oxford English Dictionary provides excellent definitions
Some examples of reference works:
Resources in the Walsh Library in the Reference collection*:
Cassell's Chronology of World History: Dates, Events and Ideas That Made History. D11 .W635 2005
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. D205 .O94 2008
Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture. DS33 .C63 2000
Encyclopedia of African History and Culture. DT20 .E53 2005
The Oxford encyclopedia of the Islamic world. DS35.53 .O96 2009
*The Reference section of the library is located on the 2nd or Main Floor. Items from this section do not circulate and must be consulted in the Library.
These are only some of the resources available in Walsh Library as introductory works. Do a search of the Library Catalog to see what else you discover!