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Getting Started with Research

Why and How

When getting started with your research, it is a good idea to get a general overview of a topic or gather background information. This information can help you decide if the topic really is in line with your thinking, and whether you want to continue researching in that subject area.

Background information may include facts, historical figures, timelines, definitions, origins, theories, events, and more.

Reference resources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks) are the most authoritative sources for locating general or background information.

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