Why even bother with this step? Why not just write what you already know, and fill in what you don't with whatever is convenient - like your textbook, or whatever? Well - you should use background information to better understand your topic, because:
Background will serve as the foundation upon which you build the rest of your research project. A solid understanding of background will help you create a more solid research project, whereas a flimsy understanding of background will result in a weaker research project.
Any research project you work on will be about something, or in other words, you are going to have a topic. In order to write about your topic in a lucid and coherent manner, you are going to need the background of your topic. Background information consists of the relevant facts, terminology, and contexts of your topic. It is the kind of information you would find in an encyclopedia
Let's say that you were going to write a research paper about school violence and ways to address school violence. What do you need to know in order to write about school violence coherently? You made need to know:
Not only do you need to know the above, but you will need to point your audience to an authoritative source that states that information should you use it in your paper - that is, you will need to cite the sources you use in your paper.
In college writing, we use background resources for:
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