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Research Process: Explore Background Information

Find Background Information

Finding background information is an essential part of the research process because it helps you develop a solid foundation of knowledge on which to base your research. It provides a good overview of the subject matter and can help to familiarize you with important terminology, dates, events, names, and organizations that are related to your topic. In addition, your background research can help you to understand and further define your topic.

What Type of Source Will Best Meet Your Information Need?

Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

Lakeland Library Catalog

Check individual Research Guides related to your topic for recommended reference sources. In addition, you can use the search box below to find subject-specific reference materials in the the Lakeland catalog by doing a search for your subject and dictionary or encyclopedia (for example: religion and encyclopedia).

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