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FYS Wisdom of Yoda: Asian Religious & Philosophical Themes

Topic Development Exercise

Click on the link and follow the directions to complete the Topic Development Exercise.

Purpose of Background Information

Background information can be found in:

  • textbooks
  • dictionaries
  • general encyclopedias
  • subject-specific encyclopedias  
  • article databases

Background research serves many purposes.

  • If you are unfamiliar with the topic, it provides a good overview of the subject matter.
  • It helps you to identify important facts related to your topic -- terminology, dates, events, history, and names or organizations.
  • Background research might lead you to bibliographies that you can use to find additional sources of information on your topic.

Online Reference Resource

Credo Reference is a vast, online library, providing access to the full text of hundreds of highly regarded reference titles. Search Credo Reference to find biographical and background information.

In the search box, type your topic or keyword.


Some suggested places to start