Conduct background research because:
1. Start by looking around you. Are there any conversations you've been part of or overheard lately that peaked your interest in a topic? Do some quick Google searches to see what people are saying and writing about your topic. Keep track of specific ideas, concepts, or issues that seem interesting.
2. Don't try to do your research in one sitting. You need to stop and read about your topic and learn about its context. Start by reading general news sources (often available for free on the web).
3. Follow leads. News articles will often mention studies or other sources of information. Follow these leads and look at the research that the journalists are using to learn about the topic.Get help from a librarian if you need to track down any of these sources of information.
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