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What is a background source?
Background sources are written for a general audience and are intended to give an overview of a topic, fill gaps in the reader’s knowledge, and provide context for deeper understanding. Examples include Wikipedia, introductory textbooks, and reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks. They can be a useful place to start your research and can assist in selecting a topic for a research project, locating basic information and key facts, defining important words and concepts, and getting suggestions for additional sources to consult.
Typical characteristics of background sources:
- intended to be informative
- provide context, background, or summary information
- present shared information and established facts; information is uncontested
- offer suggestions for additional sources of information on the topic
Oxford Islamic Studies Online
Includes Qur'anic studies resources, including two translations of the Qur'an, a concordance, primary source documents with editorial introductions, timelines, and images.
The Middle East by
Call Number: Main Reference DS44 .M497 2012
Publication Date: 2012-01-15
Provides a comprehensive overview of the development of the field of Organizational Behavior. This book covers the foundations of the scientific method, theory development, and the accrual of scientific knowledge in the field. It introduces the ideas of pioneers whose work pre-dates the emergence of Organizational Behavior.
Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures by
Call Number: Main Reference HQ1170 .E53 2003
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Crosses history, geographic borders and disciplines to create a ground-breaking reference work reflecting the very latest research on gender studies and the Islamic world.