Good background information may be found in reference sources.
Reference sources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, manuals, guides) provide the following types of information on virtually any topic:
- Reliable background information;
- Articles written by subject experts;
- Dates, timelines, events, people, definitions related to your topic;
- A list of further readings, normally found at the end of encyclopedia articles. Use these references as springboards for further research.
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