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Steps in the Research Process: Background Information

Use this guide to become a more skillful researcher. Learn how to develop research questions, choose credible sources, evaluate your sources, cite them correctly, and avoid plagiarism

Background Information

These recommended databases offer information in encyclopedias and other reference sources available online.  These sources contain information that is credible, reliable and accurate.

Benefits of Background Information

Background reading/viewing is a great way to build a foundation for whatever subject you are investigating. While reading, you can identify and gather...

  • words or phrases that are specific to your topic,
  • major ideas and concepts related to your topic,
  •  people, places, and time periods that are relevant to your topic,
  • related readings on your topic,
  • basic information on your topic (the who, the what, the where).

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Databases for Background Information

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