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Research Tutorial: Finding Background Information

After identifying the main topic and keywords for your research, the next step is finding background information.


What are Background Sources?

  • Databases - find articles with keyword searching in a database
    • Use UC Library's Online Resources tool to help you select a database or other resources to search
  • Library Catalog - find books, journals, newspapers, indexes, and bibliographies by keyword searching
  • E-Journal Portal - find e-journals and e-newspapers by subject browsing or keyword journal title searching
  • Lecture notes, text books and reserve readings are great resources for background information

 

Using Bibliographies and Citations

  • Bibliographies are collections of citations on a specific subject
  • Citations at the end of encyclopedia entries and journal articles can lead you to more detailed or relevant information

 

 

Reproduced and adapted with permission from: Reference Department; Instruction, Research, and Information Services (IRIS); Cornell University Library