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S W 325 - Foundations of Social Justice

Background Information

What is 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

Try searching in the library catalog for books about social movements. Start broadly with terms like:

social movements
social justice movements
peace movements
social movements history

Or try specific movements like:

Black Lives Matter
Arab Spring
Occupy movement

Use a scoped Google search to limit your results to .org/.gov/.edu websites. 

For example, to find information about environmental justice organizations, enter this in a Google search box:

environmental justice site:org

To find governmental websites with information about environmental justice, try searching:

environmental justice site:gov

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