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Background research

To get a better understanding of your topic you will have to do some background research. This will give you an overview of the subject and will allow you to put your topic into context. You may find different aspects or perspectives of your subject that can be used to make your topic more specific. Background research can be done using Encyclopedias and reference works.

Tip:  Make note of , or terminology that you come across. You will use them when it comes time to plan your search strategy.

Example:

Your topic is euthanasia. Do a search or look through the Topic Pages in the Credo Reference database. You will discover that there are various types of euthanasia, that the legality of the procedure depends on the country or state, and that different viewpoints exist between various groups (religious leaders, patients, family members, nurses, doctors, etc.).  This information will give you a better idea of what points you want to discuss in your paper.

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A word or phrase that describes the subject content of a document.
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The main words of your research topic.
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