Discuss subject ideas with your professor or teaching assistant.
Look over titles in specialized encyclopedias or handbooks that cover your topic.
State your topic as a question. Identify key words or main ideas in your question.
Use it when you are developing your search strategy and working on your research.
Once you have identified your topic, begin library research by reading summaries of your topic. Subject encyclopedias and handbooks provide good information. Note relevant items in the bibliographies at the end of the articles. Additional information may be discovered in your textbook, lecture notes, or library reserve materials.
Use Omni to search for books on your topic. Omni includes books, e-books, e-journals, databases and more.
Journal articles can provide in-depth and scholarly research on a topic, as well as the latest information or thought on the subject. To find journal articles on your topic select an appropriate research database.
Choose a citation style that is recommended by your professor or academic department.