Use UP Library Search to find books, which will often have a historical overview of the topic. You can request to have physical items brought to the Clark Library's Service Desk. Visit UP Library Search Tips for advice on locating what you need.
If you can't come to campus, you can use UP Library Search to request chapters or remote access to items through Interlibrary Loan. Sign in to your UP Library Search account to see requesting options.
You can often find information on the history of a topic in the introduction to a scholarly article, where the author makes a case for the importance of the topic and examines the research conversation to that point.
To find scholarly journal articles related to your topic, think about which disciplines or subject areas might be interested in your topic.
For example, if the topic relates to mental health, then psychology would be a relevant subject area. On the Clark Library's list of databases, you can quickly identify the most important databases in each area. https://libguides.up.edu/az.php
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