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Locate background information
At some point in your work on the project you may want to read general background information about your topic, especially if the article(s) you choose requires some prior knowledge about a field. Most research articles do!!
Reference resources can provide background about concepts or methods or provide a broad overview of a subject. Some are listed below. Also, look for "review articles". See Annual Reviews in the previous tab of this guide, or ask the librarian to help you locate review articles in the library databases in the next tab.
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.
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