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DESPeration 101 - Introduction to Research: Background

This LibGuides will help you approach your research

Background Information

Before you begin your research, develop your research strategy – get some background information on your topic.

Do you need a general overview of a topic to get started?

Start by looking at library reference materials, such as:

general encyclopedias,

subject specific encyclopedias,


course textbooks,

books placed on reserve for your course

These will give a basic overview and may provide lists of articles and books for further reading.

Check your lecture notes too.

Your instructor may have referred to articles or books for your class to consult.