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Academic Affairs for Athletics Research Guide: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

This research guide features resources and strategies for finding research information for our athletes.

Background Information

It is always wise to know your topic well. Getting background on the topic can help you narrow your topic or give you ideas on how to focus your research. The use of dictionaries and encyclopedias can assist with this process.


Using dictionaries and thesauri can help with background and keyword searching. Find synonyms for your topic to expand the results of your search.

Christian Databases


Find out more about a topic by discovering the background, history, and more in-depth information.