Social Sciences Open House Library Guide: Preliminary Research

Spring 2018

Background Research--starting point

Why conduct background research on your topic?

  • It is a great source of core knowledge on your topic
  • It can generate ideas on different ways to focus your topic
  • It can answer research questions you've already posed
  • It may help you clarify and/or expand research questions.
  • It often points you towards other sources of information on your topic 

Reference Books

Reference Books

Also take a look at E-Books listed in eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)