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ENG 100 (online)

A guide set up for remote and distance students.

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. 

  • 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 to guide you to other sources of information (books, articles, etc.)

Finding Background Information

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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.