If you can't consult the dictionaries of etymology in the Library, here are three links that may be useful:
(The first two links are to the HCC Subscription databases, and require a log in. Borrower ID = student number; PIN = last four of that number.)
Oxford English Dictionary - this is a rather complicated source and gives you the history of the word usage in (usually) great detail.
Concise Oxford English Dictionary - The link connects you to Oxford Reference Online. Click on English Language Reference>Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology. (this source gives a very short sentence about your word.)
Etymology Dictionary Online - a source from the free web that is clear and easy to use.
Please consult the "Home" Tab for log-in information to HCC Online Resources.
Once you have your definition and word etymology, use an encyclopedia to further expand on your topic or term. Please consult the "Home" Tab for log-in information.