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GNST 4350: Interdisciplinary Project: 3. Background Info

This guide is specific to completing the Project Outline, Project Research (Problem and Audience), and Project Research (Format and Minors) steps of the GNST 4350 Interdisciplinary Project.

Background Information

Step 3: Find Background Information

Background information gives you an understanding of your core concepts so that you can do your journal research more effectively.  Here's how...

  • search each of your main concepts individually using reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.),
  • search your main concepts on appropriate professional websites,
  • and be sure to stay on the lookout for other useful keywords for searching!

Background Research

Where to get good background information:

The following databases focus on current issues and trends and reference materials in various disciplines. They are helpful when beginning to research a topic that you are not familiar with, and can help give context to complex issues. 

CQ Researcher

In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, economy, and global affairs.

Credo Reference

Searches over 900 reference books, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and subject-specific reference books for articles about your topic.

Keyword Redux

Note that Credo Reference has the Mind Map feature...use it to find even more keywords for searching!