Get a broad overview of the subject or topic.
Use both general and subject-specific encyclopedias and dictionaries (can be in print or electronic - through the library)
Get more focused, in-depth, or historical background on the topic.
Use books written in the time period and follow up with more recent information.
Reference material will provide an overview, define terminology, and provide additional resources for the research paper.
--Modified from Jeff Simpson, Troy University Library
Keep Track of Where You are and What You Have Found
Here is assistance in creating an annotated bibliography.