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2. Background Check

A Quick Background Check Now, Saves Time Later

Taking a few minutes now to read about your topic in a specialized encyclopedia, dictionary or handbook may save you a lot of time later. These books are useful for discovering the names of important people and learning the vocabulary of the field. Encyclopedia articles often include carefully selected bibliographies, or lists of references to other works, which will help you begin looking for additional information.

The Reference shelves behind the Reference Desk are filled with books that can help you develop your topic. We also have a growing collection of online encyclopedias, which you can find in SAILS, our online catalog.

After the background check, the next step in developing your topic is to brainstorm the keywords for your search.

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