Finding background information is an important part of the research process. It helps you:
Reviewing the literature or gaining background information on a topic is a critical first step in the research process. You might do this by conducting a Google search or going to Wikipedia and reading up on a subject. We suggest using the reference databases the library subscribes to or books found in the reference section as a scholarly alternative.
The following video is by John Green and provides commentary on the importance of reading and writing as a form of communication.