What You Need to Know:
Books are still great places to use when getting to know a topic. Every book is a potential source of terms and authors names that you can use to search even further.
Brainstorming With a Little Help
The first step in conducting research is choosing a topic. Your instructor may assign a topic, or you may be able to select your own.
Of course, none of us start a project knowing everything there is to know.
e that interests you -- after all, you'll have to spend the time researching and writing about it, so it might as well be something you like!
Questions to Ask While Brainstorming
Focusing Your Topic
Just like Goldilocks (of breaking & entering fame) had to try out things before she found ones that were "just right," so too will you.
Research can be the same way. You've picked a topic, but sometimes you need to narrow or expand your focus. If a topic is too broad, you will get too much information (too big). If it is too narrow, you wont find enough (too small). There's a little trial and error to find exactly what you need (just right).