Finding background information on your topic can also help you to refine y our topic. Background research serves many purposes.
Reference sources like the ones listed below can help you find an angle on your topic and identify an interesting research question. If you are focusing on a particular academic discipline, you might do background reading in subject-specific encyclopedias and reference sources.Background information can also be found in:
These sources are often listed in our LibraryResearch Guides.
Here are some resources you may find helpful in finding a strong topic:
If you can't find an encyclopedia, dictionary or textbook article on your topic, try using broader keywords or ask a librarian for help.
For example, if your topic is Global Warming, consider searching for an encyclopedia on the environment.