Locating background information on your topic will help you to learn the basics about your topic (e.g., key ideas, key writings, and key thinkers/theorists). Background sources will also help you narrow your topic to a specific subject area in the study of race and ethnic relations.
Encyclopedias, handbooks, and subject dictionaries are good places to start for locating background information on your selected topic.
Also checkout the Statistics tab in this libguide for additional background sources.
Below is a selection of subject specific print reference books in the library. Click on the links to go to the catalog record.