Encyclopedias, especially subject-specific encyclopedias, and general reference works are great resources when you are looking for overview information on a topic. These resources often include a list of additional sources for even more information.
Credo Reference Online
More than 600 reference books, across subject areas, specialized topic pages, videos, mind-maps, and links to journal articles.
Gale Virtual Reference
Online collection of specialized subject encyclopedias.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
This database is especially useful if you are still deciding which topic to research. You can either browse the most popular topics from the first screen, or you can search by keyword. The most helpful feature of Opposing Viewpoints is it provides essays supporting differing points of view for each topic. All of the essays are available full text.
CQ Researcher is an excellent source for comprehensive background information current issues in the news. It is the most relaible place to find balanced, unbiased overviews. These reports are meant to educate rather than influence researchers.
This link takes you to the CQ Library, from there select CQ Researcher.
Academic Search Premier
This is a great starting place for any topic. It covers all subject areas, includes articles from both popular magazines and scholarly journals, and has loads of full text.
A multidisciplinary index which provides access to a collection of databases for the arts, business, dissertations & theses, health & medicine, history, literature & language, news & newspapers, science & technology, and social sciences.
For article databases on a specific discipline, consult the relevant library guide.