Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

U.S. History: Background Information

This U.S. history guide focuses on information resources best suited for meeting the research needs of Oakton Community College students and faculty.

What is background information?

Background information provides basic facts, history, descriptions and concepts about your topic.  Use only the information that you find useful in starting your research. You can always return to your sources if you need more in-depth information as you get deeper into your research topic.

Recommended Oakton database for films and videos

CREDO Tutorial

Length: 3:07. Hit play and then watch full screen or on YouTube.

Recommended resources for background information

Begin your research by looking up your keywords in an online dictionary, encyclopedia or reference book.

Background information - Books in the Library