It is extremely helpful to do a little bit of "pre-searching" before you begin your research. Pre-searching means that you are trying to gain a better understanding of your topic, BEFORE you start to find and organize research for your paper. It is an informal way of exploring your topic.
To learn more about pre-searching, click on this guide!
You can also visit some of these databases to search for your topic. These databases include encyclopedias and other broad resources that will help you gain an understanding of the background of your topic.
You can also go directly to some of these databases (if you do not want to sift through another research guide). Here are a few databases where you will find a variety of resources that will help you learn more about the background of your topic, help you to narrow your topic, and help you to find keywords. HAVE FUN EXPLORING!