Why should you search for background information?
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The 4 Ws
Guide yourself through your Background Research by answering the following four questions:
Who are the people or groups relevant to your topic?
Example: If you're writing about plate tectonics, this might include Alfred Wegener, or Harry Hammond West.
What are the major events, laws, controversies, or issues related to your topic?
Example: If you're researching petroleum, this might include Carbon Emissions, Arctic Drilling, or alternative fuel sources.
When have major events happened to affect your topic? This can include dates, date ranges, or eras relevant to your topic.
Example: If you're learning about climate change, this might include 1896, the1980s, or the ice age.
Where are the places most affected by your topic? Which countries, regions, or states?
Example: If you're researching volcanoes, this might include Japan, Hawaii, or the Pacific North West.
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