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SCI 100- Science: First Year Seminar- Davis: Locating Background Sources

Background Information in Science

Background information is not just for the humanities. Science relies on background information sources for help in:

  • understanding basic and advanced concepts in disciplines outside a researcher's area of expertise
  • defining unfamiliar terms
  • placing scientific events and ideas in their cultural or historic context

For the undergraduate science student, background information can also assist you in making informed decisions about which topics to pursue in your papers and writing solid thesis statements.

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Background and E-Reference in the Sciences