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Research Process: Exploring Background Information

an introduction to the research process at a very basic level

Exploring Background Information

Gathering Background information can help you obtain a general overview of a topic

Background information can help you decide if you want to continue researching in that subject area. This kind of information may include definitions, historical figures, timelines, facts, origins, theories, events etc.

Reference resources are the most reliable sources for locating general or background information.

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and thesauri are generally considered as Reference resources.

To locate reference resources in USEK Library, you may visit the library catalogFor Reference Databases, check the USEK library A to Z list.

Some Reference Databases are listed below: