First-year Writing gives you a chance to explore the resource-rich BC Libraries in the context of interesting research projects that bridge different fields. You will not only get to know the libraries better, but also engage directly with scholarship, and grow more aware of the variety of diverse viewpoints, methodologies for investigating and reporting on phenomena, and types of publications. This guide gathers together some of the more common entry points for research in FWS classes, and some instructional material that will help you get started. Librarians will present more detailed information to your class, and may provide more links to resources relevant to your research via email or in Canvas.
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Focusing Your Research Project video (4:52)
Background Information 1
Encyclopedias and dictionaries provide overviews, and help you learn the context, vocabulary, concepts, timelines, and names of people and places relevant to your research project. These are a good place to begin, because they will help you focus your topic and generate terms for searches.
Background Information 2
Some of our databases are also well suited to providing overviews, especially for controversial issues currently or recently in the news.