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Using Background (Secondary) 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 concepts, ideas and events in historical or cultural context
integrating new research results into a discipline's knowledge continuum
For the undergraduate science student, background information can also assist you in making informed decisions about which topics to pursue in your papers and to write solid thesis statements. Find quality background information in a wide range of sources, such as:
Background and E-reference databases (HACC Library)
Full-text periodicals on issues from 1923 through current. All articles include an introduction to the topic, a lengthy overview, background information, the current situation, the outlook, and a pro/con section.
Articles, videos, interviews with scientists, annual digest of major research in anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, environment, mathematics, medicine & health, physics, psychology and technology.