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Psychology: Get Started

Getting Started

Background sources like encyclopedias can provide context for your topic or even help you choose one. They are great places to start because:


  • They explain topics in simpler language than scholarly articles.
  • They are much shorter than scholarly articles or books.
  • They highlight important issues, figures, dates, and/or events that you may want to focus on in your project.
  • They give you suggested sources for further research in the form of bibliographies or works cited.

Sources for Background Information

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