Before you jump right in
Before beginning your research, take a few minutes to jot down all of the key words that you can think of that might be associated with your topic. These might be synonyms, related concepts, common terms used in the research you've already done.
You might gather other keywords by doing some/all of these things:
- Do a Google search
- Look at Wikipedia (yes, I said look at Wikipedia! It's a great way to mine keywords that you can check out using vetted or scholarly resources. Check out the hyperlinked documents in the wiki's citation list. There are some great ones there!)
- Read encyclopedia articles. Grolier is hyperlinked below.
Keep track of your research AS YOU GO, including search terms used, sources read, and useful information!