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Human Development & Family Relations (HDFR) Research Guide

Research resources for HDFR courses

What is Background Information?

Background Information gives you an introduction to a topic, issue, or person. It's what you're looking for when you look up "TANF" in an encyclopedia. Knowing a little bit about something you are researching helps you focus in on what's really interesting to you!
So...get a few facts, details, names and terms about your topic...then decide in what direction your curiosity wil take you.  

Background Information for HDFR

Online Encyclopedias

Two databases containing encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research:


Virtual Reference Library

CREDO Reference Collection