Before you can start any research on your topic, you must have a background knowledge of it. Books and websites can provide you with that knowledge.
This is important because:
Remember, background information is always a starting point for research, not an ending point.
Below is a list of reference resources--meaning resources like Wikipedia that you can use to look up quick facts about authors, places, time periods, or literary movements, as well as do some background reading to become more familiar with a topic. I'm also including the OED and the AP style guide for quick reference on word definitions and grammar usage.
Be sure to also check the encyclopedia-style databases listed above in the "Background Information" box.
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