When starting a new research project, figuring out where to begin and how to narrow down your topic can be difficult. It is helpful to start by looking for background information on your topic. Even if your topic is still broad, try looking for background information by searching in online encyclopedias or by doing a general Google search. Use these sources to find subtopics and relevant vocabulary associated with your topic. This new vocabulary will help you with your keyword searches. 

The following references, linked to in the actions, are great starting points for your research of background information:

  • Oxford Reference
  • Encyclopedia Brittanica
  • WPI's LibGuides Encyclopedias Database