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Research Skills: Step-By-Step: Find Background Information

This guide will help you to develop your research skills and better understand the research process.

Do Background Research

Once you have identified some keywords, the next step is to find background information on your topic.

Background research can:

  • Provide a good overview of the topic if you are unfamiliar with it.
  • Help identify important facts -- terminology, dates, events, history, organisations, etc.
  • Help refine your topic.
  • Lead to bibliographies which can provide additional sources of information.

Sources of Background Information

  • Textbooks
  • Dictionaries
  • General encyclopedias
  • Subject-specific encyclopedias 
  • Article databases
  • Web searches

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