Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias provide background information on biblical events, geographical places, people, and theological concepts. These sources often contain lists of works cited that point you toward other reputable scholarship on your passage.
The Anchor Bible Dictionary
Call Number: Ref BS440 .A54 1992 v. 1-6
Harpercollins Bible Dictionary
Call Number: Ref BS440 .H235 2011
Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period
Call Number: Ref BM50 .D525 1996 v. 1-2