This tutorial explains the importance of using background information resources when doing research, before you start your research and then as you go along in your research and encounter new concepts or terminology. It discusses examples of these resources and techniques for finding them.
FOR FURTHER HELP
WHAT IS A REVIEW ARTICLE?
You might want to read over the following so you get an idea as to how to synthesize literature for your summer project.
HOW TO LOCATE REVIEW ARTICLES
Some databases that enable one to limit search results to review articles are Web of Science and PubMed. Annual Reviews is a database that enables you to search for review articles in a wide range of fields. Contact a librarian to identify other sources of review articles.
HOW TO WRITE A REVIEW ARTICLE
TUTORIAL ABOUT HOW TO LOOK UP ELECTRONIC BOOKS
You can use Google to find background information.
Use the Google Advanced Search, to do a precise search. Make sure to evaluate critically the webpages that come up for reliability. The resource below provides ideas about how to evaluate websites.
Web resources can be rich sources of information on a topic, but when conducting research, it's important to consider the quality and accuracy of sites you visit on the open web. Use the CRAPP test to determine whether a web resource is trustworthy:
Popular articles can:
A few of the available databases for popular articles are as follows. (The first actually also lets you search scholarly articles too.)