Step One: Background Information

typing1.JPG Val starts her research by searching the word "tattoos" in Google.

She looks for some background information about the topic. Basically, she hopes to find some history and an overview of some of the issues regarding tattoos.

She finds what she is looking for in an online encyclopedia.

An encyclopedia is one example of a general information source.

General information sources provide broad coverage of a variety of topics. They include encyclopedias and dictionaries, and are a good place to begin finding background on a topic.

As Val reads more about tattoos, she realizes that there is more to this topic than she thought! She begins to feel overwhelmed...

The bottom line: Finding background information has helped Val clarify her information need by helping her realize that her current knowledge is limited compared to all there is to know about tattoos.


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