Sources that provide a broad, general view of a topic are a great place to get quick facts and ideas. You will not end your research here
Starter sources include:
Textbook(s) and required class readings
General Google and Wikipedia searches
Search Terms and Keywords
Search terms (or keywords) are single words and short phrases that describe your topic. Search terms are entered into the library catalog and databases and can be refined throughout the research process. Or, if you have a particular idea in mind, try searching by subject.
Find search terms in:
Your research questions: who, what, where, when, why
Background reading sources listed above
Bibliographies found at the end of books and articles
Brainstorm keywords with your instructor, a librarian, or your friend
Revise your Topic
Finding too much information?
Your topic may be too broad. Narrow it by:
Aspect (a particular genre or event)
Not finding enough information?
Your topic may be too narrow. Broaden it by:
Expand the time period, geographic location, or population