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Sustainability: Background Information

Why Find Background Information?

Background information sources can help you:

  • Broaden or focus your topic
  • Find new words to use when searching
  • Locate primary research articles for your paper

Background sources are NOT primary sources and should usually not be used as references in your research.  However, some seminal works in a field can serve as references and background sources. You can always ask a librarian!

    What is a background information source?

    • An encyclopedia
    • A textbook
    • An essay database (like CQ Researcher)
    • A reference book



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