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ENC 1101 (C. Smith): Find Background Information

This is a guide for students in Professor Crystal Smith's ENC 1101 classes.

Key Word Exercise

Collect background information to get a sense of the scope and main points of your topic. As you browse these resources, write down the key terms that you come across. They will help you with your research later.

Make note of the following:

Key People:

Key Events:

Key Organizations:

Synonyms, catch phrases and related terms:

Searching for Background Information

You can usually find background information on your topic in reference books and in library databases. Pro/con articles are especially helpful in providing an overview of both sides of an issue. Encyclopedia articles can also provide historical background on key terms, people and events.

Use these resources to help you build a list of key words about your topic. Refer to the key word exercise in the box to the left.

Encyclopedia Articles on Pop Culture

Subject Guide

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Connecting to the Library via Atlas

To Connect to the Library via Atlas:

1. Log in to Atlas:

2. Go to the MyAtlas tab, Courses tab, or Employees tab.

3. Under Libraries, click Search the Library.