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Begin Research: What Do You Know?

What Do You Know?

Once you’ve established your focused topic, you need to get familiar with it by doing some reading. Start with
more general sources and then work up to more specific and detailed sources. Where you go next depends on
how much you know.

Click each button below to learn about the materials needed for each stage of your research.

Q: So just how much do you know about your topic?
  • You need the kind of information typically found in encyclopedias, websites, and other background sources.
  • Now that you have a basic understanding of your topic you are ready to seek information in books, magazines, and newspapers.
  • You're ready for specific information. You'll want to find relevant scholarly articles, statistics, and government publications.

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