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Reference Databases for Background Information
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Full-text dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles.
Gale EBooks This link opens in a new window
A collection of full-text encyclopedias and handbooks on a variety of subjects.
What can you gain from background research?
- Words or phrases 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
- Information thats answers basic information on your topic (the who, the what, the where, the when)