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When you start a research project, you need to understand the background of an issue.

  • What is the historical context?
  • What terminology (vocabulary) do others use when writing about this topic?
  • What are some statistics?
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Gather basic facts, terminology and background information from Credo's eBook collection which includes specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries and atlases.


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Maybe you want to start your background search with Google or Wikipedia. If so, remember to treat them both as starting points not as definitive sources. Although it is much more reliable than in the past, Wikipedia alone is not a good source and faculty do not like to see it cited. Check external links at the bottom of the Wikipedia page to continue your search.

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