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ENG 115 / 117: Technical Writing - Heedt

What's in this guide?

Students: Use the guide to practice some of the techniques useful in doing research in a library.


Popular, Professional, and Scholarly Sources

Finding Background Information

Background information, also called reference or tertiary information, provides an overview of a topic area.  The library has several reference databases that can help you to narrow down your specific topic by providing an overview of it, and highlighting specific areas or controversial aspects that you can pursue by searching for popular, scholarly, or professional articles in Super Search or other databases,