ENGL 101 English Composition 1 (Bartley)

Databases for finding background information

Why get background info?

Research, write and speak from a position of knowledge.

An overview of your topic area helps you understand...
  • the historical perspective on your topic
  • what the key issues are and how you may want to refine your topic
  • who are the stakeholders (the groups or individuals interested in or affected by this topic)
  • a context of how your topic relates to the other issues that surround it
  • specialized vocabulary that is used relating to your topic (you can use these words for searches later in your research process)