Background information will give you a foundation for building your research. Use Reference Resources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc.) to explore background information about the play, the playwright, the historical context in which the play way written, and more. Think of these resources as more authoritative alternatives to Wikipedia.
You can use the "Resource Type" filter in OneSearch to find Reference Resources, or you can select a Reference database from the list below.
Here's a link to all of Hunter's Reference Resources databases: https://library.hunter.cuny.edu/databases/type/4
The two that I recommend for this class are:
These databases contain historical documents that may help contextualize your play and playwright. Find a full list of primary source databases here: http://library.hunter.cuny.edu/databases/type/13