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Background Information

Background Information

Reference sources can help you find and develop a research topic by providing background information, facts, statistics, dates and other general information on most topics. 

Recommended Library Databases:

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Books can provide a very comprehensive view of a topic; see Find Books for more information.

Wikipedia can be helpful in finding background information, keywords and major concepts.  Check out this quick video on Using Wikipedia for Academic Research.  This is another great (and quick) video on Credible Websites.

Government websites are a wealth of information and can include technical reports, statistics, data, legal cases, patents, case studies, and much more.  

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