Why start with background research?
If you have ever looked at a Wikipedia page, you know the value of a good overview of a topic you need to research.
Wikipedia has its uses, but there are also some great library resources that can help you get started with a journalism research project. A good background source will:
- Give you an overview of the topic and the sub-topics that are often up for debate
- Define important terms (events, people, definitions) that you'll need to know to understand the topic. These terms usually make good words with which to search for further resources.
- Suggest further readings to help you go forward with your research.
Online reference books for background research:
Check these online books for background information on your journalism or media-related topic.