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ENG 100

Library Research Assistance for all students in English 100

Finding Background Information

What about background Information?

Background information can help you prepare for further research by explaining issues related to your topic, especially when you're investigating a field that's unfamiliar to you.  It can help you frame your topic and lead you to a thesis statement.

  • Check for background information in dictionaries, handbooks, and encyclopedias.

  • Start thinking in broad terms, then narrow down your topic.

  • Collect keywords or important terms, concepts and author names to use when searching databases.

  • Look at bibliographies in your collected sources to guide you to other sources of information (books, articles, etc.)

Library Resource for Background Information

Credo Reference

Provides full-text access to a large digital collection of reference materials. In addition to dictionaries and encyclopedias, biographies, maps and images are available. 

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Finding a Topic

Finding a Topic

Finding a topic is one of the most important steps in the research process.  Here are a few pointers and help for finding the right one:

Using the Right Keywords

Keywords and Search Strategy

Using the right keywords will help you shorten the research process and provide you with more relevant and usable sources for your paper. 

Writing a Thesis

Thesis Help

A formulated thesis can help focus your keywords and search strategy because you know the direction you want the research to take you.