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AMS 311S: Technology, Science, and Pop Culture / Schneider

Course guide for students in the AMS 311S: Technology, Science, and Pop Culture course

Reference and Background

Getting Started: Reference and Background Information

If you use Wikipedia as a first step in your research, you are already using background information to get started with research. Background information helps you:

  • pre-research your topic
  • learn more about theories and concepts
  • define terms
  • find key terms you can use to search for additional sources

These types of sources should be used for getting started with your research but not as scholarly sources for your bibliography. 

Cast a Wide Net

Not finding any reference sources in the databases? Use the library search tool to cast a wider net and search across disciplines. Refine your results to show just background information sources by selecting "Reference Entries" under Resource Type. 


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