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Answered By: Mindy Kent
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2016     Views: 77

Before you start writing, you will want to check that no one else has written on your topic. This is also known as a preemption check.

In order to do a preemption check, you will need to do a thorough search through print and online indexes and databases to determine whether anyone else has written on your topic. 

Our research guide gives a good list of databases for your search:

Preemption Check (Research Guide)

This guide from Syracuse also gives some good advice on organizing your search.

As you write, you may find these other research guides useful:

Answered by Mindy Kent
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2016     Views: 77