Explore your topic

Background research

To get a better understanding of your topic you will have to do some background research. This will give you an overview of the subject and will allow you to put your topic into context. You may find different aspects or perspectives of your subject that can be used to make your topic more specific. Background research can be done using Encyclopedias and reference works.

Try CREDO Mind Map to find keywords.

Video example. Topic: Michelangelo


Courtesy of CREDO reference tools.

Video example. Topic: earthquake.

Courtesy of CREDO reference tools.


Tip: Make note of subject headings, keywords or terminology that you come across. You will use them when it comes time to plan your search strategy.