Step 4. Gather Background Information
Look up background information in textbooks, encyclopedias, or other reference resources.
Use the general information to help you narrow or broaden your focus or to identify related
information that might fit with your topic, and to look for more keywords.
Names, Dates, & Facts
As you investigate, look for information that will help put your topic into context.
Specific locations, dates, names, or facts may also help you focus the subject of your paper.
Review Step 2. Refine Your Topic for more ideas.