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Intro to Research

Select a Potential Topic

If you are unfamiliar with your potential topic, you may need to research background information before you can develop a strong research question. Background information can come in many forms. You may hear a librarian or professor refer to the sources that contain this type of information as "reference books". Background information can help you identify key names, dates, events, issues, concepts, and terms associated with the topic. 

Here are a few sources we suggest you explore:

  •   Wikipedia 
      A free, open content online encyclopedia created through the collaborative effort of a community of users.
      Anyone registered on the site can create an article for publication; registration is not required to edit articles.