Reference sources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, or guides to the literature are a great way to find background information on a topic as well as build a vocabulary for searching within and across disciplines.
Subject Specific Resources
Endnote and Zotero are both excellent choices for reference management tools. These tools automate much of the work of compiling bibliographies, organizing and formatting citations, and keeping track of your reading list. The two guides listed below offer step-by-step instructions installing and using these programs, as well as a number of tutorials and tips.