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Starting with reference sources
Encyclopedias can help you become more familiar with the ideas, major concepts and basic vocabulary in your chosen research topic. Such background knowledge places your topic in a wider context, deepens your understanding and helps you feel more comfortable with pursuing your research. Articles from encyclopedias may also help you find a more narrow focus for a topic that is initially too broad..
Read articles in these encyclopedias to give you a more solid overview of your research topic and set the context for your research. Note any additional keywords and relevant items in the references at the end of the encyclopedia articles.
For Current Controversial Issues
Good place to begin research on current topics. Covers the most current and controversial issues of the day with complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more. Updated weekly.
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
With information on today's hottest social issues, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and more.
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