Answered By: Mindy Kent Last Updated: Mar 11, 2016 Views: 81
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: