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Finding Background Information
Credo Reference is an excellent resource to use if you need background information on a topic.
The Scholarly Stuff
I have listed a few resources that might help you find articles related to your topic. Remember, identifying KEYWORDS is very important when searching the database. If your topic is; African Americans AND Hip-Hop you would enter your search just like this into the search box.
Academic Search Ultimate Academic Search Ultimate offers access to an unprecedented collection of many peer-reviewed and full-text resources that includes journals, magazines, reports, books, and videos in almost every subject area.
JSTOR Electronic archive of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Includes complete runs of journals with full-text of all articles published prior to the most current five years.