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This useful worksheet can help students at the beginning stages of research and throughout the research process. This worksheet was developed for students by Dr. Sara Sewell, Former Executive Director of The Lighthouse.
Why is background research important?
Learn more about a topic and its subtopics (use later for developing and narrowing a research topic)
Learn the specific vocabulary of a topic (use later as KEYWORDS in database searching)
Learn what kinds and how many sources are available on a topic (use later for broadening or narrowing a research question)
Discovery (the search box on the library homepage)
Academic Search Complete (general database)
These sources may inform you but may not ever make it into your final paper (and that is OK!). Instead, use these to lead you to other more credible sources. However, you must cite any source you do use!