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Before you develop your research topic or question, you'll need to do some background research first.
Some good places to find background information:
Your textbook or class readings
Encyclopedias and reference books
Try the library databases below to explore your topic. When you're ready, move on to refining your topic.
Find Background Information:
Credo Reference: Nearly 4 million full-text reference entries in subjects from Art to Technology for your research, paper writing and studying needs. Credo brings the facts alive with images, videos, and much more.
Now that you've done some background research, it's time to narrow your topic. Remember: the shorter your final paper, the narrower your topic needs to be. Here are some suggestions for narrowing and defining your topic:
Is there a specific subset of the topic you can focus on?
Is there a cause and effect relationship you can explore?
Is there an unanswered question on the subject?
Can you focus on a specific time period or group of people?
Describe and develop your topic in some detail. Try filling in the blanks in the following sentence, as much as you can: