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What to look for
Background information can help you prepare for further research by explaining all the issues related to your topic, especially when you're investigating a field that's unfamiliar to you. Tips:
- Check for background information in: dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopedias.
- Look for facts in: statistical guides, almanacs, biographical sources, or handbooks.
- Collect keywords or important terms, concepts and author names to use when searching databases.
- Start thinking in broad terms, then narrow down your topic.
- Look at bibliographies to guide you to other sources of information (books, articles, etc.)
Research Librarians by Subject
Librarians who specialize in the field you're researching can assist you with your information search.
Library Research Guides by Subject
Designed by SU librarians for finding information in specific fields. Browse the subject categories to find one that matches your topic. Each guide links you to information sources in that field.
SU Library Catalog Quick Search
Find sources on your topic, either in print or online. Search using keywords; for example: global warming handbook