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Communication Studies: COMM 020: Gathering background knowledge

Use this guide to help you with your research

Gather background knowledge

Use the databases below to browse controversial topics or to search for something specific. Each of these databases has unique strengths. Please check all three to see what they have on your topic. 

These databases can also be found listed on the library's Find Articles page.


Once you find some background knowledge, write down some key terms you found, and search for further information in the Articles / Videos tab on the left.

For example, in this Facts on File report below, I have found out that "graffiti" is also known as "street art".  I now have two possible terms to search.

image of report where both the terms graffiti and street art are listed

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