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ENGL 111: English Composition - Kellerby

Getting a Sense of Context - Encyclopedias

A good starting place, encyclopedias can provide general background information and may suggest directions for research.




Welcome to the Library guide for this course

Finding Background Info - To Explore or Refine Topics


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These resources provide helpful background and history, statistics, and current trends around controversial topics:

The Pew Research Center provides information and reports on "on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world." A great source of current statistics and analysis.


Government Statistics:

For national & international news:


 U.S. Major Dailies (Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post)


For a local or regional news:

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