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ENGL 102: Writing for a Liberal Education

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Why Background Information?

Encyclopedias and other "reference works" can be great places to look for paper topic ideas and to refine your questions. The articles in subject-specific encyclopedias from academic publishers usually have references at the end of the article to help you identify other sources for your topic.

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Choosing Your Topic IS Research

In this video from the North Carolina State University Libraries, learn more about the topic selection phase of the research process.