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Doing Background Research

When you start a research project, background research can help you:

  • Understand the size and scope of a potential topic
  • Find subtopics that interest you
  • Learn key terminology for the topic
  • Identify influential people and events 
  • Discover highly-cited sources about the topic

Resources for Background Research

In addition to doing a general online search or consulting online reference sources like Wikipedia, try these library resources to find background information about your topic: 

Strategies for Exploring a Topic