Answered By: Ken Fujiuchi
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2014     Views: 29

Once you have chosen your topic, it is a good idea to gather background information so that you have a solid understanding of your topic. Your course textbook or library reference books may provide the essential facts for introducing your research and fine-tuning your ideas.  In addition, the library subscribes to many online reference resources which can be accessed through the library website.  Encyclopedia Britannica Online and Gale Virtual Reference Library are good places to begin. Library databases, such as CQ Researcher, Points of View Reference Center, andOpposing Viewpoints Resource Center are reputable sources to explore different sides of current issues. Gathering accurate and relevant information is a very important element of critical thinking. Stop by the Reference Desk and see a librarian for further guidance!