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Health Professions Summer Programs Guide: Background Resources

Guide for Chicago Health Sciences Summer Programs

Why Use Background Sources?

Use background sources to find:

  • A broad overview of a topic
  • Important dates, names and other facts.
  • Useful terminology which you can use to strengthen your research.

In general, the encyclopedias available through the library are more reliable than Wikipedia or other web sites, as they have undergone an editorial review process.

Sage Research Methods

General Reference Sources

Point-of-Care Tools

Consumer Health