Once you have decided on a research topic:
What is the most appropriate place to begin research on a topic?
That depends on the subject area or your approach to the topic.
If you are unsure of your topic or don't know which databases to search, try the new EBSCO Discover @MU tool. It will allow you to search across books, journal articles, DVDs, and other media owned by or accessible through MU Libraries.
After you've narrowed your topic, try these resources.
Search several databases at one time to see how your topic was used in a variety of subjects.
Search dissertations and theses using:
Most universities make digital copies of their dissertations and theses freely available in their own institutional repositories. To locate a dissertation from another university, use Google to search the university name and add the term "repository," or go directly to that institution's library and search their online catalog. Repository items should be cataloged and be searchable in their online catalog.
News Databases, though not peer reviewed, may provide real world context to your topic:
How can you create quality search strings to get the most out of the databases?
Once you have exhausted MU Libraries’ databases, try Google Scholar
Use the advanced search feature and filter by date and any other measure that can help focus your search.
What other resources should I consider using?
How can I keep track of all these resources?
How can I make sure that I don’t miss reading any new articles on my topic?