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Steps in the Research Process: Background Information

Use this guide to become a more skillful researcher. Learn how to develop research questions, choose credible sources, evaluate your sources, cite them correctly, and avoid plagiarism

Background Information

The databases below link to information in encyclopedias and other reference sources available online.  These sources are similiar to Wikipedia, but contain information that is credible, reliable and accurate.

Benefits of Background Information

  • Words or phrases that are specific to your topic
  • Major ideas related to your topic
  • e, the when)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)
 

Databases for Background Information