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Ethnic & Women's Studies

Background Research

 

When you don't know enough about a topic to narrow to a research question or to formulate a thesis, it's a good idea to do some background research. 

Sources like subject-specific encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries can help you define unfamiliar terms and provide you with a better idea about the issues revolving around your topic.

CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints might also help you browse topics.

Databases for Background Research

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

Dictionaries