Question and Answer

How do I find background information for my research topic?

Finding background information is a great way to ground yourself in a topic that might be new to you and to set yourself up for success.

  1. Begin by looking in online dictionaries and encyclopedias (even Wikipedia is ok here).
  2. Read through an article related to your topic.
  3. As you read, list keywords that you may not have already considered, as well as additional questions that the article generate for you.
  4. Once you have a general understanding of the topic, you can move into searching Google, Google Scholar or a general database like Academic Search Ultimate.
  5. Continue to research from there, making sure to pay attention to the words that researchers and authors are using to discuss the topic.

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CQ Researcher is a great place to gather background information on current topics.

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