Where to find ideas for topics
Why should I start with Background Information?
Where do I find background information?
Gale Virtual Reference Library Find scholarly encyclopedia entries to gather information about a broad topic.
SJSU Library Catalog Use the Library Catalog - OneSearch to find books with introductory content about your topic.
Wikipedia Find an overview of a topic in Wikipedia. Do NOT use as a resource in your research paper.
Limit or Expand Your Search
Place quotes around phrases to keep the words together during your search. For example, "data management system"
Add an asterick to pull in more words (truncation). Enter as many letters as possible before the truncation. Example: system* matches system, systems, systematic, systemize
If you get too many results, try adding another keyword (concept).
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