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Climate Change

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)

  • Books

  • Government Agencies

  • Newspapers

  • Documentary Films

Climate Change Background Sites

Background Resources for Climate Change

Credo Reference

Credo Reference

Articles from encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources from all subject areas. Includes images, audio pronunciation files, maps, and data tables.

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher

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.

Today's Science

Today's Science

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.