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*Communication Subject Guide: Background Information


Background Information

HPU Libraries provides a number of general reference sources that can be a great place to go for background information, definitions, and overviews of a particular topic. Not finding what you need? Just ask a librarian! 


Tips for Searching the Catalog:

1. Use the limiters! For example, searching within the "books" tab will focus the search to books and ebooks.

2. Use your Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT). Think of different keywords for your topic (e.g. marketing OR advertising OR "public relations")

3. Put quotation marks around phrases when you want to search words in a specific order (e.g. "public relations")

Background Information

Reference sources can be a great place to go for general background information, definitions, and overviews of a particular topic. Not finding what you need? Just ask a librarian! 

Topic Databases

These databases organize their content by topic to help you find information on current issues. Not all the articles in these databases represent opinions. Some provide information that may help you support your argument, bring in another perspective, or help you refute an opposing argument. 

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