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Research Basics: Step 2: Gather Background Info

Learn how to begin your research in this LibGuide and find help along the way.

Start at the beginning

Become more familiar with your topic by getting a broad introduction, names, dates, and other facts about your topic. Start by utilizing reference sources like the Encyclopedia and dictionaries. Take note of the sources used in reference materials because these can be good jumping off points for further information.

Don't use Wikipedia!

Use the Encyclopedia instead!