|ASK QUESTIONS TO DEFINE YOUR TOPIC||Or A 'concept map' may be helpful:|
Who? What? Where? When?
Why? How? So What?
What is the definition?
What other words could be used to research this topic?
What are some causes ?
What are some results or consequences ?
What larger social or political issues are related to this topic?
This video describes the features of Google Advanced Search, which can help you focus your search results on exactly what you need.
When is the last time you thought about how you enter searches in a tool like Google?
Making use of advanced search screens can help you hone your search skills!
Also -- try limiting your search by domain (.edu, .gov, .org, etc.) by typing site:.edu in the box along with your search terms.