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Library Research Tutorial

Sources for Background Reading

You can find background information in a variety of sources, including:

  • Research Starters, which are a feature in Ebsco Discovery Search (see Where to Search). Research Starters exist for many popular topics, and will appear at the top of your results list, if available. They are designed to assist students with research by connecting you with summary articles and bibliographies. 

  • Google and other search engines are useful for general searches. Government information is found largely on the web, including statistics, census information, and other documents and reports.  Make sure you evaluate all information sources for factors such as accuracy, authority, currency, and purpose. 

  • Books and e-books, including encyclopedias, which provide a comprehensive overview on your topic and may include helpful bibliographies that lead you to additional sources. Search the NIC library catalogue.