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Locate background information
Before doing a literature search for journal articles about your topic, you may want to read general background information about the topic.
Reference resources can provide background about concepts or methods or provide a broad overview of a subject.
Here are some reference resources; but also see the resources in the previous tab of this guide, which can also provide background information.
Some print reference resources in the reference area of Fairchild-Martindale Library that might prove useful in providing background information as you prepare your presentation are these:
- Encyclopedia of Human Behavior 150.3 E564
- Encyclopedia of Psychology 150.3 E5631
- Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science 150.3 E563 2001
- The psychology research handbook : a guide for graduate students and research assistants / editors, Frederick T. L. Leong, James T. Austin. 150.72 P9741
Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference includes dictionaries, including authoritative dictionaries for many languages, encyclopedias, and companions, featuring more in-depth but still brief entries, e.g. Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization.
Though it has a medical emphasis, Medline Plus may be helpful. E.g., a search on child ADD brings up lots of results. Medline Plus is designed to give you background information usually at a layperson level.
Also, as mentioned in the previous tab, look for review articles in library databases. These can provide great background informatoin about the topic you choose.