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Black Studies 103 - Brown: Background Info

This guide provides search strategies and recommended resources for research in Black Studies 103 with Jamece Brown.

Finding Background Information

Websites and reference sources from the library are a good place to start to get background information on your topic. Use them to learn more about key events, people, and concepts, and to help you identify keywords for further searching.

Online Reference Sources

To access these resources from off campus, you will need to log in using your Pipeline username and password.

Start Here! Encyclopedia Database

Individual Reference Books Available Online

Video Tutorial: Beginning Research with Wikipedia/Google

The following video tutorial explores the pros and cons of using Google and Wikipedia for research, and how to transition from Google and Wikipedia to Google Scholar and library databases (from off campus you will need to log in using your Pipeline username and password):

Websites

Depending on your topic, the following websites about African American History and Culture may provide relevant background information. 

You can also use Google to search for information on your topic. Use the source evaluation process on the "Evaluating Sources" page to make sure the sources you choose are credible.

Tutorial: Conducting Background Research

The following tutorial examines how to identify, find, and use background information to help you choose and/or refine your topic (from off campus you will need to log in using your Pipeline username and password):