Use The Craft of Research to help you conceptualize and develop your research project.
IMPORTANT - READ FIRST! The tool that you should use to start searching for sources depends on the nature and scope of your topic. For some topics, you might want to start searching the Library Catalog for books. For other topics, you may need to begin by searching the journal literature in article Databases.
Follow the Bibliographic Trail: One proven method for gathering reliable information efficiently is to follow the citations or references from one source to another. The author's bibliography can lead you to other sources on the topic.
Identify Keywords: Before searching the Library Catalog or other databases, take a few minutes to write down all the words that describe your topic on the worksheet below. Use these words and phrases in keyword or Boolean searches.
Boolean Searching: Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to connect keywords for phrases in your searches: Example: (solar OR wind) AND energy AND russia NOT Moscow.
Try one of these bibliographic management tools. They can help you keep track of sources, generate bibliographies, store documents, and save you time in the long run.