Now that you have come up with a research question, the next step is to explore the topic. This step is important because it will build your knowledge, you'll discover possible new avenues for your research, you'll pick up the jargon of the discipline(s) you are working with and start to gather keywords and other search terms.
This is important because:
The library has a Reference section on Level 2 that you can browse. However, since Latino Studies-related materials are scattered throughout the library, you may prefer to start with our electronic reference databases. "Reference" is library jargon for materials like encyclopedias that have quick answers. Think of Wikipedia, for example.
Similar to the reference databases, the topic overivew databases will give you background reading on your topics. They may contain reference information as well as scholarly articles. Typically these are "starting places" for research, so I would encourage you to look in other places too--both those places I suggest in this guide and elsewhere.
Topical Overview Databases
You can also use Wikipedia to gather information. As the graphic below shows, you can use it as a starting place, but don't end up there; your professors typically prefer that you do not cite Wikipedia as a source.
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