Learning About Your Topic

Sometimes you may be interested in a topic, but don't know much about it.  If that's the case, then some background reading, either in books or encyclopedias, can be very helpful.

Reading an article in an encyclopedia or a chapter in a book can tell you what's important to researchers on your topic, and can help you narrow your topic, which will be helpful when you start searching for sources.

That's why people like Wikipedia so much--it helps them learn more about things they're interested in. 


Use the ebooks and encyclopedias on this page much like you would encyclopedia--to get an overview of what you're interested in.

SUNY Libraries Catalog

Books, ebooks, movies, music, and more in NYS and Worldwide Libraries.

Request materials you find here through interlibrary loan by clicking Get it Soon.

Go to the Advanced Search

  1. To request a book from another SUNY library, click Borrow from another library.

  2. Click on the link to sign in, then login with your Laker NetID and password.

  3. Click Interlibrary loan.

  4. Make sure the request information looks correct, and if you'd like, add a comment. Then click Send Request.

  5. That's it! We will email you when the item arrives at Penfield.


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