Resources for background information or an historical overview can be found using Library search. Type your topic in the search box labeled "What Can We Help you Find?" on the Library homepage to retrieve books, databases, videos, Library research guides, and more. For more details on finding electronic books, see our guide, Finding and Using Electronic Books.
During this period of restricted building access due to Covid-19, you can request some print books for contactless pickup. See the Library's website for the most up-to-date information on what is available.
Specialized subject encyclopedias can provide quick background information, definitions, contexts, and further readings on topics within the scope of the work. Below are several encyclopedias edited and written by academics and researchers in the area of social change and activism. Use is restricted to U-M affiliates.