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i-CONNECT: Step 2: Develop a Topic: Topic & Background Info
Consider using the library's databases as a starting point for research and for locating background information. Get started with resources like Britannica Online or Opposing Viewpoints. Below are just a few of the many databases CCAC subscribes to:
CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints, and Issues & Controversies databases contain subject and topic listings that may help you get started.
Do some exploratory searches in a database like Academic Search Premier. Look at the abstracts or summaries of the articles that interest you; they may give you ideas for topics. Also, look at their subject terms for possible keywords.
Start with your broad topic area that interests you (example: immigration, diabetes, cloning, Iraq War, depression, Hinduism, air pollution, punk rock...etc.)
Contains an online library of current event topics; includes viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to web sites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles. Provided by Gale. Show me how
Provides topical articles, about 15 - 20 pages long, on social issues; articles include an overview, background information, the current situation concerning the issue, an outlook on possible developments, a special focus, chronology of related events, and pro and con section, and an annotated bibliography. Provided by CQ Press. Show me how
Wikipedia is a great example of a reference source that provides background information. But, be careful because articles can be edited by anyone and can often be wrong. Your instructor may not allow you to use it as a final source! Use with caution!