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ENGL 112: English Composition - Christ-Campbell: Background Information

The practice of academic writing that extends one’s own thinking in response to the ideas of others

Online Encyclopedias - Alternatives to Wikipedia

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

  • Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia 

  • Oxford Reference Online

Full-text subject reference works in a single cross-searchable resource. Note: accommodates only 1 user at any given time.

Pew Research Center

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.

Statistics - U. S. and International

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Finding Local Information

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Local/Regional Newspapers

Historical Information