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Background Information: Reference
If you don't know much about your topic, check a reference work like Wikipedia or Britannica Online or the dictionaries, encyclopedias, and guidebooks found in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. This can be a handy way to start learning about the different issues within your topic to see which of those interest you enough to write about them.
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Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. is a global educational publisher with products that promote knowledge and learning. They provide timely, relevant, and trustworthy information and instructional products used in schools, universities, homes, libraries, and workplaces throughout the world.
Free, web-based encyclopedia featuring entries created and updated by diverse users. But remember - if you want to use any part of a Wikipedia entry in your paper, find the original mention in the list of works cited and USE THE ORIGINAL SOURCE.
Background Information: Newspapers and Primary Sources
How has your topic been discussed in the news? You can find current newspapers in the databases below, or if you'd like to see the history of the subject as shown through the news, check the New York Times Historical.
From ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2010) This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
More from the New York Times in their wide and varied collection of blogs.
What to Look For: Source Types
Information can be found in all sorts of packaging. Each package - book, journal article, blog post, etc. - is defined by its characteristics, and is suitable for some information needs but not others. Everything can be useful! It just depends on the context in which you'll be using it, and, of course, what your assignment requires.
Good for: broad coverage of a topic
Scholarly books (monographs) have bibliographies; follow up to check the info and find additional sources
How old is it? Check the publication date to see if the information is still current or is more of historical value