Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. are often a great way to start your research. They can help you understand your research topic, define terms that may appear in scholarly journal articles, and gather background information to build context.
Augustana subscribes to a few history resources that are a mix of background information, primary sources, and more in-depth resources. These databases may also help you build context and refine your research question/topic.
These resources provide access to magazine, newspaper and scholarly articles on a variety of topics.