Background sources are used to provide justification, rationale, or context for your research problem. In your research, they introduce you to the theories, theorists, and approaches central to your topic. In your assignment, these are usually used to answer "why should I care about this?"
For your assignment, you can find background information on your research topic, like gentrification, or on a place in Los Angeles, like Mariachi Plaza.
Encyclopedias provide overviews of your topic, the nuances and disagreements, and who the key theorists or writers are. Encyclopedias are a good place to start when you first start exploring your topic.
Full text articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. Covers 1960-present
Data and stats
You might need to provide some data or statistics to contextualize your research problem. Use the non-profit and governmental websites below - and see even more in the EXHIBIT SOURCES section of this guide.
The Los Angeles Times’ database of Los Angeles County crime reports. Using data from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Crime L.A. creates maps and reports for the hundreds of cities and neighborhoods covered by these agencies.