You will need to gather information about your topic. Taking time to read through information on your topic helps make sure you know the important concepts, dates, and people that need to be included in your search. These sources will help you learn more about your topic but are rarely used as official cited sources for academic work.
Ways to start the pre-searching process:
• Gather ideas (websites, blogs, newspapers, topic overviews)
• Start building a list of terms as you gather your background information
• Create a concept map
To find background information from Encyclopedias and dictionaries on your topic, do the following:
– Enter a broad search term in the Library Quick Search box.
– When you have your results, go to Content Type and select More.
– Choose Reference. Now you will have a list of background information, encyclopedias, and dictionaries to learn more about your topic.
– Click Available Online to access the full text.