Finding information about a subject may require that you first browse general encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other resources to find out background information -- the who, what, where, when aspect of your topic. Once you know a little bit, you can then move to subject-specific books and journal resources to find more detailed research material.
Listed below are some general resources to help you get started. While you may not always use these as "official" resources to cite -- they can help provide background information. Remember to always use bibliographies for additional resources.