Background research

Doing some background research will help you better understand your topic. It will give you an overview of your subject and will allow you to put it back in context. You may also find different aspects or perspectives that can be used to make your topic more specific .

Background research can be done using encyclopedias and reference works.

Tip: Make note of the keywords, subject headings or other terminology that you come across. You will use them when it’s time to plan your search strategy.


Your topic is euthanasia.

If you run 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, etc.).

This information will give you a better idea of what to discuss in your paper.


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