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Health Sciences Research Guide: Background Information

Why may I need background information?

Even before you start doing the research for your assignment, you may have to do a little research to come up with your topic, which is all part of the scholarly process. Though you may have a topic in mind for your research, it often helps to take a look at background information or do some preliminary research to get a feel for what is already known so that you can formulate your research question.  Taking a look at overviews or background information is also a good way to find out if the topic you are interested in is suitable for your assignment or project.

Some good sources for finding background information and topic overviews include: