Getting background information and general facts about your topic is a good way to start your research, including finding important terms and concepts, relevant names of people or places, and dates of specific events. Finding background information can help you locate keywords for searching databases and identify more specific areas of your topic that you may want to research further; this will help you narrow your research topic.
Try using the Credo Reference to begin finding a topic for your research. It's like Wikipedia, but academic.
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