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Research Basics: Find Background

Start With Encyclopedias

Why would finding an encyclopedia entry on my topic be useful?

  • Provides an overview of the topic and relevant context, including main concepts, key terms, important events, statistics, and landmark legal cases.
  • Explains controversies associated with the topic.
  • Jumpstarts thinking about keywords.
  • Helps to answer the question: Which aspect(s) of the topic will I write about?

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