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A reseach guide for Language, Literature & Culture

Gather Background Information

Why gather background information?

Gathering background information, or pre-searching, helps you:

  1. Gain familiarity with a topic

  2. Establish a context for your topic

  3. Focus your topic

  4. Identify experts, or "big names," in the field

  5. Find references to other books and articles relevant to your research

Encyclopedias, in print or online, are a good place to begin looking for background information. Try these sources:

Spanish Language reference books from IUCAT

Abajo hay una lista de libros que tenemos en University Library, sin embargo, hay muchos más aquí en IUPUI y en otros campus de IU. Busca más recursos en IUCAT.

Online Language Resources

Esta caja tiene varias pestañas con enlaces para diccionarios, tesauros, y recursos de la gramática, ortografía, lingüística y traducción. Recursos con el símbolo de accesso abierto (Open Access open lock logo) indican que son libremente disponible por la red y gratis.

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Culture reference books from IUCAT

Below are just a few of the many titles we have on Spanish and Hispanic culture. Search IUCAT for more!