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Welcome to the Wayne G. Basler Library at Northeast State Community College
Getting Started with Research
Learn about the research process from topic to writing and citing. Find information about locating sources such as books, articles, and films.
Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian for assistance:
Background Info/Reference Databases - General Subjects
Before you start any research on your topic, you must develop some background knowledge including facts, dates, and names of important people, places, or theories. Books and websites can provide you with that knowledge.
This is important because:
Background sources give you the language that people are using to discuss your topic. You will use this language (look for keywords!) when you start to search databases for scholarly articles and resources on the topic.
This "pre-research" gives you a sense if your topic is focused enough. If your initial searches bring back so many results you can't even figure out what the language is, then you should consider narrowing your topic.
Remember, background information is always a starting pointfor research, not an ending point.
Basler Library has a Reference Collection on the 3rd Floor across from the Information and Research Help Desk.
Reference works contain background information on a variety of topics related to the major fields of study at Northeast State and beyond. Use this information to check facts, look for ideas, and to get an overview of a topic or field. The items in this collection cannot be checked out, they are kept in the building so that all may use them.