Select your topic - Find something that interests you and that fits with the assignment.
Background reading - Understand the who, what, when, where, why/how of your topic to narrow your research.
Develop your research question - Your question will allow you to focus your research and help form your argument. Your question can also change as you learn more about your topic.
Brainstorm search terms - Identify the main concepts in your research question (often nouns) and brainstorm similar search terms to help you locate relevant sources.
Find and evaluate sources - Know what types of sources you can use in an assignment. Often, you will be required to use academic sources. But sometimes, popular or grey sources are appropriate. If in doubt, check with your instructor.
Please note, when accessing databases from off campus you will need to login using your Novell user name and password. For the full list of databases the library offers please visit the databases link on the library home page