When you have a topic that you do not know much about, you should find out more about it before you begin your assignment. This is called finding "background information."
Background information is just finding out the key facts about your topic.
Facts that may include:
These facts will help you get a basic understanding of your topic and will help guide you to find the resources you need for your assignment.
There are many sources you can use to find background information on your topic.
Depending on your topic, these are some sources that might be helpful: