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Undergraduate Research: Get Started

Information in the Research Process

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International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

A peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors from academic institutions of higher learning in the Pacific Northwest.

Use Encyclopedias for Background Information

Reference sources (including subject encyclopedias, dictionaries and almanacs) are a great way to find understandable, and factual background information on your chosen topic, 

To find print encyclopedias, browse the library's Reference shelves in subject areas that relate to your research interest or use the library catalog to search for encyclopedias that might contain specific articles on your topic.

To find online encyclopedias, use one of the library databases below to search for information on your topic. Experiment with search functions to narrow or broaden your results: 

Examples of available online encyclopedias: