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UDI 200 / EXP 315

Find Background Information

Encyclopedias, books, news sources, popular magazines, and search engines can lead you to articles that will be helpful in narrowing down your topic and finding additional keywords to search. When using an encyclopedia, read through the article's bibliography or references section to identify scholarly books and articles related to your topic. 

You typically will not cite the sources you find as you begin your research. Use the background knowledge you build from these sources to develop your understanding of the language used by people discussing your topic. Add this vocabulary to a word bank you will use to search for credible and scholarly sources later on.

Find Articles

Academic journals and scholarly articles typically represent the reporting of the most current research in a given field, and trade journals provide perspective and insights from the point of view of folks working in a field.

When you're not sure where to start, try a broad search using UDiscover or Academic Search Complete. If you're searching for articles within a specific discipline, a subject database may help you find what you need more easily.

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