Books might seem old-school, but they're still the best way to get started with a new research topic. You'll get a broad overview, pick up key concepts, and learn relevant vocabulary.
1. You don't need to read the whole thing - just scan the table of content or index for relevant info
2. E-books are books, too. And they're searchable, and available from anywhere. Just log in with your Brock ID.
These are excellent sources of background information -- just log in with your Brock ID if you're off campus.