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Answered By: Kristen Adams
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2020     Views: 4

A good first step is to articulate your topic. Write it down in a few sentences. Then pick out about three main ideas from those sentences. Brainstorm some related terms or synonyms for those main ideas, which will be your keywords when you go to search for sources.

After you have established your topic and keywords, it's time to pick a database. You can check out the Subject Guides that would best fit your topic and see which databases they suggest. You can also go to the Database A-Z List and narrow it down by subject.

It's best to try several databases as they have different content and advanced search features that can be discipline specific. 

It's important to be flexible and adaptable when searching, as often you get too many results to look through, or too few.

Librarians are happy to talk to you about research so do contact them if you need help at any point in the process. They can be found on the Staff Directory and the individual Subject Guides.

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