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FYS 199-06 Death (Wolf) Fall 2023

Find Contextual Information

Finding contextual information is an important part of the research process. It helps you:

  • learn about topics with which you are unfamiliar
  • identify important facts related to your topic - keywords, dates, events, history, and names and organizations
  • refine your topic
  • find additional sources of information through bibliographies and works cited


Remember to keep going back to your question:

  1. What is my topic? 
  2. Which sources are best for your topic?
  3. How will I manage and cite my sources?

Encyclopedia and Background Information Databases

See Databases A-Z to search for databases. Most databases are paid for by the library, but some are freely available to all. 

Specific Databases, Museum websites and Art Encyclopedia's to try, starting with the top three for beginning your study:

Newspaper Databases

Use our newspaper databases to find newspaper articles on your topic. This is a great way to get some background information, refine your topic, develop keywords, and learn about current events or issues.

Google and Google Scholar Search Tips