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ENVS 7700 : Step 1: Background of Topic

Guide for the ENVS 7700: Integrated Environmental Issues project.

Step 1 Objective

In this step of your project you will write a brief overview, with cited references from peer reviewed articles. This will explain the importance of the topic, what is known and what are the gaps. 

Importance of Background Information

The Importance of Background Information

Finding background information before writing your project important, especially if you are unfamiliar with the subject area. Background information will give you a stronger foundation and understanding that will help you complete your writing assignments. Reference sources provide background information, which often includes:

  • A broad overview of the subject
  • Definitions of the topic
  • An introduction to key issues
  • Names of people who are authorities in the subject field
  • Major dates and events
  • Keywords and subject-specific vocabulary terms that can be used for database searches
  • Bibliographies that lead to additional resources

LSU Libraries has reference sources covering many topics in the sciences. Because reference sources provide an overview of the topic, you will feel better prepared to discuss and to write about the topic and the general issues surrounding it after reading them.

Writing a Research Background | Dr Amina Yonis

Database Resources to Explore for Background Research


Biological Sciences


Environmental Science



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