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S W 395S - Specialization Area Seminar

Conceptual Literature

Background information

Background information provides a general overview of a research topic including important terms and concepts, relevant names of people or places, and dates of specific events.

These resources are especially helpful during the idea generation stage. Finding good background information on a general topic can help you turn that topic into a research question.

They will also help you determine what vocabulary and background concepts you will need to identify relevant peer-reviewed sources in the databases and identify more specific areas of your topic that you may want to research further.

Recommended Resources

Identifying seminal works

Seminal works can be tricky to find because they won't be labled as such. You may have to do some digging. There are a few tools that can help you.

Google Scholar Search

While Google Scholar does not allow you to sort by times cited, often, highly cited works will show at or near the top. Google Scholar will also provide results beyond scholarly articles. You can then search a custom date range based on the oldest work you see on the page until you get to the oldest result.

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