Finding background information from reference works at the beginning of your research can save time and improve the quality of your work.
"Reference works" here includes things like scholarly encyclopedias, specialized dictionaries, handbooks or companions for a subject, and annotated bibliographies.
These can provide:
These sources tend to be the most useful for topics in yoga studies.
These online reference databases can also provide quality background information related to yoga studies:
These are prime sources of background information for topics related to Buddhist traditions: