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Basic Research

Background Research

Start by choosing a broad topic you would like to learn more about. Some examples include:

  • Climate change
  • Immigration
  • Racism

CQ Researcher and Credo Reference are good databases for finding background information. Use the search boxes below to get started:



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Narrow Your Topic

As you read background information, take notes using this worksheet to answer Who?, What?, When?, Where?, and Why? questions about your topic.

Using your notes, narrow your topic. For example, narrower versions of the broad topics listed above could be:

  • Climate change impacts on human health
  • U.S. immigration policy impacts on children
  • Racism in the criminal justice system