Use Background Info as a Starting Point
An overview of your broad topic area helps you understand...
- what the key issues are and how you may want to refine your topic
- who are the stakeholders (the groups or individuals this topic concerns)
- a context of how your topic relates to the other issues that surround it
- a historical perspective on your topic
- specialized vocabulary or search words that are used in your field (you will use these words for searches later in your research process)