Before you get started, take a minute to jot down some topics or keywords that you are interested in researching.
Start with overviews from websites, your course materials, and the database encyclopedias. Once you have your topic narrowed down, search your keywords in multiple databases using multiple search terms to get the best results.
Haven't decided on a topic yet? No problem, there are many databases that allow you to browse subjects to help you get an idea. You can find a link to relevant databases on the themed pages.
Once you've selected a topic, conduct an advanced search using specific keywords. For example, you might be interested in Latin American cuisine so, you search for "Latin American and traditional foods" or "Latin America and diet."
You can narrow your search even further by selecting filters within your results - just like Amazon!
GOOGLE ADVANCED SEARCH
- Consider the source, try limiting to .gov, or .edu (government or educational institution).
- Limit to the language you can read to reduce the number of hits.
- For recent content choose last update from the advanced search menu.
Find more tips in Google's Search Help Center.