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The Research Process

This guide will give you a brief overview of the different steps in the research process.

Background Research

Chances are, you are doing research on a topic you don't know a lot about. Before you can jump into academic sources about your topic, you will need to do some background research so that you know some basic information about your topic. Background research can help you narrow down your topic and also teach you the vocabulary used in a topic to help you come up with keywords for searching. 

Where to do Background Research

Some great places to do background research are:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Credible Websites

Below are some of the library databases that are great places to start learning background information about a topic.