Building Background Knowledge Through Research
Before we dive into how to complete a research assignment or project, let’s begin with how to gain a foundational understanding of different topics and concepts. It is important to have a basic understanding of a topic before you begin to tackle a more in-depth investigation or analysis. This basic understanding is called . Depending on the topic, you may already have some background information based on your life experiences, movies you’ve seen, etc. However, we often need to build on our current knowledge with additional background research. Background research is the process of acquiring foundational information and can provide us with:
Reference sources provide fact-based and straightforward overviews of topics that are beneficial for building background knowledge. On the next page are links to some of the SCC library reference databases and examples of reference articles.
- Background research may build on knowledge you already have about a particular topic.
- Use library resources such as reference databases for background research.
- Background research is useful for gaining an overview or foundational understanding of a topic so that you can better grasp more complex or in-depth aspects of the topic
- Use background research to enhance your understanding of course material and concepts.
information needed to understand a topic or issue. This may include historical context or significance and terminology.
a library database is a collection of information from different sources such as newspapers, magazines, ebooks, streaming videos, images, and more. Most library database content is not freely available via Google.
a book or ebook collection of fact based entries about many different topics