|When you want...|
|A brief historical perspective, a summary, or an overview of a topic--plus keywords, subtopics, and further reading.|
A reference source (also called overview or background--most likely an encyclopedia, but could also be a book introduction or webpage).
|And know that...|
|The summary will flex based on the kind of encyclopedia (general or specific). Encyclopedia "articles" are not the same as news or journal "articles."|
Reference (Encyclopedias, overview, background, getting started):
In Print: Reference section 1st floor
1. Click "Databases A-Z." Choose a database to serve your purpose: