The purpose of collecting background information is to educate yourself holistically on a topic or subject.
The MCC Library subscribes to several online databases that provide access to online reference books:
Credo Reference - search a collection of over 800 reference books for articles and entries on all topics and disciplines. Browse topic pages to holistically explore a topic or try the mind map feature to map out your topic and identify keywords.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) - search an extensive collection of online reference books. Use the topic finder option to help map out your topic and determine keywords.