The databases listed below are great jumping-off points for your research about social problems and possible solutions. Check out Databases by Subject for even more resources related to your chosen social problem.
The print encyclopedias in the library's collection will be most useful for this project. See your assignment sheet for a complete list.
They are located in the reference section on the 2nd floor of the Park Library and typically have call numbers in the REF N31- REF N40 range.
Consider searching Smart Search for information on the writer's career. Biographies about the author may help you place the work you are examining in the larger context of their career. You may also find forwards in various editions of the novel you are studying useful.