Below are a variety of reference resources. They provide background information before start searching for scholarly articles. Also, as you read scholarly articles, you can turn to these resources to help understand jargon or new concepts.
Below these resources you'll find a box that contains evaluative criteria if you want to use web resources as a source of background information. There is also a box that links to a Wikipedia article that discusses the reliability of Wikipedia. (Is it self-referential?)
Elsevier Reference Works (and books)
There are various ways to search this extensive collection:
See the book/ebooks section of this guide.
Web resources can be rich sources of information on a topic, but when conducting research, it's important to consider the quality and accuracy of sites you visit on the open web. Use the CRAP test to determine whether a web resource is trustworthy: