What do you already know about the topic?
Who cares about your topic?
How is your topic portrayed in the media?
Who has access to information about your topic?
What gaps have you noticed in the research? What's missing? Who's missing?
Oftentimes it is hard to be engaged with a topic if we don't know much about it. Gathering background information is essential to helping us situate our feelings, thoughts, and opinions on the spectrum of conversation. The following databases will not only provide general background information but give you both sides of the story.