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WRIT 340: Bowers and Murray: Background Sources

What is a background source?

"Background and background source to refer to materials whose claims a writer accepts as fact, whether these “facts” are taken as general information or deployed as evidence to support the writer’s own assertions...they are materials a writer relies on for general information or for factual evidence" and provide context for the argument.

Child & Family

Mental Health



Criminal Justice


Sexual Orientation

General Statistics and Demographics databases

Los Angeles neighborhood info

Databases for Background Sources

Using Social Explorer

Using American FactFinder