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The Research Process

A basic research guide for students to use who are not in English 201A but still need to research for their class

Module 2 - Find Background Information.

Where to start?

  • Check for background information in: dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopedias.
  • Look for facts in: statistical guides, almanacs, biographical sources, or handbooks.
  • Collect keywords or important terms, concepts and author names to use when searching databases.
  • Start thinking in broad terms, then narrow down your topic. 
  • Look at bibliographies found at the end of books, articles and some websites (Wikipedia for example) to guide you to other sources of information 

Use General Encyclopedia type resources such as:
Click on an icon to be taken to that resource (opens in new window - some might require a Cuesta login)










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