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HIST 114: Develop a Topic

Find Background Information

Background information helps you learn about aspects of a topic, an event, a place or a person that might interest you.

The best way to complete your background research is with reference sources like subject encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries. They provide basic information and broad overviews of a wide variety of topics.

MC Library has reference sources both online and in print. Take a few minutes to read broadly about your topic using the suggested sources listed below or visit your campus library for help using print reference sources.


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Research Skills & Tips:

Develop a Topic

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To choose a research topic, begin with general background information. This will help you explore topics of interest, develop research questions and search terms, and decide where to look for sources.