Research Ministry

Researching Background Knowledge

When researching a subject, it is generally good practice to begin with the background knowledge that already exists.  In almost every case, there is already a wealth of information and theories that have contributed to the present understanding of the topic.  Nevertheless, the internet is inundated with websites offering biased opinions and unsubstantiated claims. For these reasons, sometimes it may be hard to determine the trustworthiness of a source. One of the best ways to find well grounded information, and content backed by academic research is to use website companions to textbooks.  Usually they provide at least 3 benefits:

  • A glossary of terms regarding a subject.  These are good for many reasons such as determining key words, major theories, and proper terminology.
  • Chapter outlines surrounding the most relevant information on the subject.
  • Links to other sites that are designed around those specific topics. 

Herein we provide a list of links to textbook companion websites.  Also note, new editions of textbooks are released often.  For this reason we provide several links to some of the same books because the links offer different resources than others.  

Interpersonal Conflict

Interpersonal Conflict, 8/e
William Wilmot, University of Montana & Joyce Hocker, Faculty Affiliate, University of Montana

How to Deal with Conflict


7th Edition Companion


8th Edition Companion


Chapter 1: The Nature of Conflict
Chapter 2: Perspectives on Conflict
Chapter 3: Interests and Goals
Chapter 4: Power: The Structure of Conflict
Chapter 5: Styles and Tactics
Chapter 6: Emotions in Conflict
Chapter 7: Mapping Your Conflicts
Chapter 8: Interpersonal Negotiation
Chapter 9: Third-Party Intervention
Chapter 10: Forgiveness and Reconciliation