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Definition

Background information includes basic information on a research topic such as important terms and concepts, relevant names of people or places, and dates of specific events. It helps you get an overview your topic, discover keywords for searching databases and identify a narrower, more focused aspect of your topic about which to write.

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Place to Search What you'll find

Gale Virtual Reference Library
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Articles on all subjects from subject encyclopedias, almanacs, etc.
CQ Researcher In-depth coverage of "hot" issues in the news written by journalists.
Access World News Explore a specific event or compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics.
Opposing Viewpoints Viewpoints and topical overviews focused on social issues.

CRS Reports in
ProQuest Congressional
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Reports written by the Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress, on topics relevant to current political events. Good for background information on current controversies.

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