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Why You Want Background Sources

 Don't know much about your topic? Not sure where to start your research?

Background or reference sources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) are an excellent way of getting background on your topic, finding key people, understanding key concepts and locating other readings.

Online Encyclopedias

Maps and Atlases


TermiumPlus is the governent of Canada's terminology and linguistic databank and is now available free!

Use MyTermium to search for English, French and Spanish terms, usage and definitions.

Use Writing Tools to access French, English and Spanish tools like grammar resources, style guides, specialized dictionaries

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