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Research Process at UCBA

Starting point and step-by-step guide to the research process.

Find Background Info

Getting some background info about a topic can help in several ways:

  • Helps you figure out if your topic is focused or if you need to narrow it down to something more manageable
  • Gives ideas for other keywords and phrases used by individuals who discuss the topic and are familiar with it

Reference sources (ex: subject encyclopedias) are a great way to get some background info; however, always check with your professor to see if these types of sources are allowed for the assignment.

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