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This guide is designed for students in the Honors Program at Estrella Mountain Community College. You will find resources and tools to help with your Honors Projects and research papers. Please contact the library if you need any assistance.

Step 3: Preliminary Research

Research general background information about your selected topic. Once you know the basics about your topic, you will be able to focus your interest.  

The Credo Reference Database contains millions of entries from encyclopedias and dictionaries. It contains brief articles and definitions on a variety of subjects and can be a good starting place for learning more about your topic.

Annotated Bibliography

You may also be asked to complete an annotated bibliography. The bibliography will include:

1. What the source is about

2. What is the thesis or main idea of the source

3. How does the source fit into your research