Discuss paper ideas with your instructor. Ask a librarian to help you find the right resources for browsing in your subject area.
Research Guides can point you to relevant specialized material. Consult reference sources such encyclopedias and subject dictionaries to get an overview of your topic. Ask a librarian if you need assistance identifying appropriate reference sources for your topic.
State your topic idea as a question. Identify the main concepts or keywords in your question; these are potential search terms.