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English Composition Student Research Guide: Background Resources

A guide for students in ENGL 109, 110, 111, 121, 131, 281, and other composition courses.

What is a background resource?

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.


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Links to Background Resources