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2. Find Background Information

 

After you identify your research topic and some keywords that describe it, find, and read articles in journals, newspapers, and magazines (periodicals) using our research databases:
Ask a Librarian if you need help figuring out which ones are best

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These articles will help you understand the context (historical, cultural, disciplinary) of your topic. They are the foundation supporting further research.

Protip: 
By using our databases, you can yield a surprisingly large number of articles on your topic in a relatively short time.
Ask a Librarian for guidance in navigating our research databases.
 

Research Glossary:

Abstract 
— Summary of an article, book, or publication.
Citation — An identification of the sources used in a paper that would allow others to access and retrieve this material.
Database — A collection of articles, books, images, multimedia, etc. that you can search. 
Full Text — Limits your search to only those articles for which a Database has the rights to the entire body of work. Abstract-only articles are not included in this search.
Peer-Reviewed — A publication in which articles go through an official editorial process that involves review and approval by the author's peers (people who are experts in the same subject area). 
Periodical — A type of publication that is issued at regularly recurring intervals, for example, a magazine or journal. 
Scholarly Journal — A scholarly journal is a publication that is authored by academics for a target audience. A scholarly journal is published by a recognized society with academic goals and missions. The publication will be targeted for professional or academic researchers and have in-depth analysis typically focusing on one discipline or academic field. The publication will likely be peer-reviewed or refereed by external reviewers. The publisher should be a professional association or an academic press.