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AAST 395: African American Studies Research Methods (Greene): Background Research

Getting background information and general facts about your topic is a good way to start your research. This not only helps you better understand your topic, but it also helps you formulate the boundaries of your research and key terms for your thesis statement.  It can be a helpful guide to begin to narrow down your topic into a coherent and specific area. 

Remember! Never cite an article from an encyclopedia in your research papers! You should be using these references as a jumping-off point or consulting and citing possible bibliographies at the end of an article.

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Credo is a library database containing digital versions of encyclopedias and other reference works. Think of it as an academic Wikipedia, only curated by librarians instead of the general public.

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