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ANTHR. 120 - Native People of North America: Getting Started - Finding Background Information

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Background research

Searching for background information is part of the research process!   You may shift your topic based on what you discover (or don't ) along the way. 

What Can You Gain From Background Research? 

  • Key Words or phrases for searching that are specific to your topic
  • Major ideas related to your topic
  • People places, time periods that are relevant to your topic
  • Additional readings on your topic (Look for citations)
  • Information that answers basic information on your topic (the who, the what, the where, the when, the why)

Where Do I Find Background Information? 

Try These:

  • Textbooks
  • Dictionaries
  • General encyclopedias
  • Subject-specific encyclopedias  
  • Article databases (News and Magazines)
  • Government and Educational organizations

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The Research Process: Get Started

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