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Subject Research Guide Template: Find Background Info

How to use this page:

  1. Add any additional background/ reference resources that are relevant to the subject in the "Other Resources for Background Info" placeholder box. 
    • These may be specific books, like the  DSM-5, or can also be relevant databases like Global Issues in Context, CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints, or Business Insights Essentials. It can also be websites like ones for professional organizations.

Note: If you have larger lists of references to compile, as is the case with Southern Studies, consider creating sub-tabs in "Find Background Info" and link to those pages (as is done on the Home tab). 


Finished editing this page? Don't forget to delete this box!

Why background research helps

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.

Credo Reference


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.

Other Resources for Background Info

This is a placeholder box. Provide any other relevant background resources. This could be other reference databases, online encyclopedias, subject-specific manuals, or websites.