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Did you know that there are specialized almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference resources on your topic that can provide background information to help you better form your research topic? Check out the Find Facts Guide to get started narrowing down your research topic or use it to find answers to your tricky research questions today!

 The Find Facts Guide features tabs that highlight different types of reference resources like, almanacs, biographies, and encyclopedias. Use the resources listed on these tabs to find background information on your topic. Background information provides you with a better understanding of your research topic which allows you to narrow or refine your topic. Use this information to brainstorm better keywords and search strings for use in the library’s online research databases.  There are also tabs on different types of information like, acronyms and abbreviations, statistics, quotations, and more when you need to find a specific type of information quickly and easily! 

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information out there? If you are looking for some background information on your topic you might want to try the Gale Virtual Reference Library, which is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Search this online database to find some basic information on your topic.  The articles in specialized encyclopedias can help you better form your research topic by giving you a more complete understanding of your research topic. They also provide general information on your topic which you can use to create more effective search strings in other databases.  

Remember, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 619-594-6728 or stop by the research desk to get help.

Happy Fact Finding!