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Lehigh University Libraries - Library Guides

RARE/BDSI: Library Resources

Background information resources

If you encounter scientific terms and need to look up their meaning, or need some encyclopedic or other coverage of a scientific concept or term, below.  Webpages on the internet can be useful for this as well, though make sure to evaluate them. See next tab.

You can use resources available on the open web as sources of background information. Make sure, however, that you evaluate any resource!

Look for magazine or newspaper articles about your topic. These can provide background information. Also, they can point you to scholarly articles where research was originally published. Some places to check are the databases below. The science librarian can help you locate specific magazines that provide popular or semi-popular literature.