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Getting Started: Find Background Information

Background information gives you an understanding of what is known about topic so that you can do your journal research more effectively.  Here's how...

  • search your textbooks or other books for topics (or parts of topics) that interest you
  • research the parts of your topics individually using reference materials (try using Credo Reference for dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.),
  • search your main ideas/topics on appropriate professional websites (see next page),
  • and be sure to stay on the lookout for other useful keywords and technical terminology for searching!

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