Background information gives you a basic introduction to your research topic. Types of background information include:
Background information helps you:
The boxes on this page will get you started. Need more help? Ask a librarian!
Read the Introduction!
Find a general book on your topic and read the Introduction section near the beginning. Look for:
To find books at the Kishwaukee College Library, search the online Library Catalog.
In this video, Kishwaukee College Instructional Designor Tim Lockman shows you how to find statistical data using government websites.
Your instructors have probably told you not to quote from Wikipedia or rely on it as a source, and for good reason.
When used cautiously, Wikipedia is a great starting point for a research project!
Just keep in mind:
A few things to look for in Wikipedia: