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CLDDV 111 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition - Preciado

Stella Beratlis, Research Librarian

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Stella Beratlis
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Fall 2020 office hours: Tues/Thurs 10-11 AM https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/92799276793

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Evaluate and Refine: Preliminary Reading

Background Reading

Many students turn to Wikipedia for their initial exploration of a topic. This is fine, but be sure to augment your background research with sources you can actually include on an academic bibliography (a.k.a. your References list).

Conduct background research because:

  • It is a great source of core knowledge on your topic
  • It can generate ideas on different ways to focus your topic
  • It can answer research questions you've already posed
  • It may help you clarify and/or expand research questions.
  • It often points you towards other sources of information on your topic 

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The list below includes both print and online resources to help you get started with your preliminary reading.

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, and staff. If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database or eBook, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.