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Chicago Region: Background Information

What is background information?

Background information provides basic facts, history, descriptions and concepts about your topic.  Use only the information that you find useful in starting your research. You can always return to your sources if you need more in-depth information as you get deeper into your research topic.

Recommended Oakton database for films and videos

Featured resource

Six black and white vintage photos depicting people and places in Chicago

Sources for background information about the Chicago region

CREDO Tutorial

Length: 3:07. Hit play and then watch full screen or on YouTube.