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If you are unfamiliar with your topic, it often helps to locate some background information so that you will have a broad understanding of your topic area. This approach will help you develop search strategies. It will also help you see how more specific topic areas are related to the broader topic area. (You may or may not want to use these types of resources when you write, but they are often useful for preparing you to write about your topic.)
Your textbook, class notes, class readings
See a script for the Issues and Controversies tutorial at the bottom of this box.