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Background research gives you an overview about your topic. Take notes of which sub-topics or facets of the topic are exciting to you. These can often become part of your in-depth research. Encyclopedias are a great place to get a general overview of your topic for this kind of research.
Britannica Encyclopedia Online
Britannica Online is one of the most comprehensive and authoritative information databases on the internet. It is continually updated to provide the most current information possible.
Covers one hot topic or controversial issue each week. The information usually includes background on the issue, key players on the different sides of the issue, and key statistics for the issue.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Opposing Viewpoints presents different views of an issue. Topics that have been in the news a lot recently will often have a topics page that represents the various viewpoints on the issue. This is a great database if you are struggling to find a second or third viewpoint for your topic.
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