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Beyond the Basics: The Research Process at UCBA

Self-paced guide introducing the process of doing research.

Find Background Information

Google searches can be helpful; however, subject encyclopedias can provide background information and they're typically written by subject experts. Background information can help:

  • Identify key concepts, keywords, and phrases related to your research topic or question
  • Narrow and focus your research topic or question 

Note: Always check with your professor to determine if this source type is permitted for the assignment.

Databases for Background Information

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