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BCB: Summer Research Experience

Background Information

When researching a new topic, it is useful to read some background information to help you gain a basic understanding of the topic and to discover the vocabulary and keywords associated with the topic. Look at encyclopedia articles, government and association websites, and science magazines to learn some basic information about your topic. You can also look at handbooks for more technical information on a topic. 

Here are some resources to help you get started:

Encyclopedias:

Government and Association Websites:

Science Magazines:

Technical Handbooks:

Google Search Tips

Google Search Tips:

  • Limit your search by domain type (e.g. .edu, .gov, .org).
    • Example:
      • mobile health apps site:.gov
  • Look for association websites by adding the words “Association” or "Organization" to your search terms