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SearchSmart Tutorial

Part 1: Exploring Your Topic

Exploring Your Topic

Watch the video for guidance on using library resources to find background information and strategies for defining and exploring your topic. 



  • Reading background information about your topic is an important first step in the research process.
  • The University Libraries offer several resources that provide in-depth background information.
  • Use concept mapping to help explore and focus your topic.


Words to Know:

Reference Resources help you find background information on a topic quickly. Examples of reference sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks.