Once you have identified the main topic for your research, try to find one or more sources of background information to read. These sources will help you understand the broader context of your research and tell you in general terms what is known about your topic.
Background information can help you
The most common background sources are encyclopedias and dictionaries from the print and online reference collection. Some good sources are:
For additional reference resources, see: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries:
Browsing through magazine articles may spark ideas for your paper, and it also will illustrate what topics will provide you with sources for your bibliographies.
Too much information? Make your results list more manageable. Less, but more relevant, information is key. Here are some options to consider when narrowing the scope of your paper:
Not finding enough information? Think of related ideas, or read some background information first. You may not be finding enough information for several reasons, including: