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JCC's Research Guide: Begin research here

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Topic Ideas (the Pink Sheet)

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Background research

Begin your research by looking for background information in reference books.You can narrow a topic and figure out good keywords to use by getting background information before you start your research.

Use CannonCat to search for books in the JCC library and full text electronic books. You can limit your search to just find reference books or just e-books by using the "change collection" pull down.

Click here to go to JCC's reference databases for full text online reference books- find links to reference book collections, biographical information and encyclopedias. You may be asked to login when you click on a link to a database.

Other good databases:

Use CQ Researcher or Opposing Viewpoints to learn more about your topic. Then you can narrow your focus and plan your research

Looking for something more?  The Information Literacy Tutorial will help you understand the research process.

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