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Prof. Timm ENG 101 Spring 2019: Getting Started - Background Information and Narrowing your focus

Getting Started wtih these databases

The Databases below provide background information on a variety of topics. 

The Reference Databases (listed on the left) provide biographical information about people (along with their accomplishments).  They also provide overviews on specific social issues or events.

The databases on the right our current event issues databases.  They will provide background information as well as debates on these issues from a variety of authors


Reference Databases for Background Information

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)

Databases and online resouces to help focus your research question

The following database is an excellent place  to browse for a topic and begin your research. Log-in when off campus using your MyWCC username and password. 

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