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Composition, Writing & Rhetoric: Background Resources

An introduction to multidisciplinary research resources for English composition and writing courses

What is a background resource?

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Katherine B. Turner

Background resources provide contextual information and may include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, maps, statistical sources, and more. Once you have identified the main topic and keywords for your research, find one or more background resources to read. These resources will help you understand the broader context of your research and tell you in general terms what is known about your topic.

Links to Background Resources