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*Medieval and Renaissance Studies

This guide provides research advice and sources for work in Medieval and Renaissance studies.

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Finding and Using Background Information

Background information is important to crafting a good paper. These sources are great places to start, and should be used to help you better understand a topic or idea. These background sources are also called tertiary sources and are generally not considered peer-reviewed. Background sources are also great places to look for keywords or popular arguments and pro/con lists.

Yes, Wikipedia is a resource for background information! But to make sure that the information you're using is the most accurate, we recommend using these background resources to verify any other information you find. 

We recommend the following background information resources: