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Starting Points: Terminology and Concepts

Finding background information at the beginning of your research is especially important if you are unfamiliar with the subject area, or not sure from what angle to approach your topic. 

In addition to the sources listed here, you can also use Search the Library - Advanced Search from the homepage using the keywords of your topic combined with the type of reference work you would like to locate (for example: encyclopedia, dictionaries, companion, bibliography, or handbook).