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History 319 - Women in Africa: Background Information

Penrose Reference

Print reference (encyclopedias and dictionaries) and e-reference works are general information sources that provide background information on important individuals, as well as summaries of key concepts and traditions in a variety of disciplines.

Defining Your Topic

Try this approach to identifying and developing your research topic:

  • State your preliminary topic as a question.
  • Pick out the keywords or main concepts in your question. 
  • Look these up in subject encyclopedias and dictionaries to set the context for your research. 
  • Continue to revise your question and choice of keywords as you pursue your search for information.

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