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.
Search several databases at one time to see how your topic was used in a variety of subjects.
Indexes about 2600 popular magazines, with complete text available for about 1/3 of the titles. Coverage for most magazines begins with 1993. Of particular interest is the inclusion of the complete text for over 600 consumer health pamplets. Provided courtesy of MORENET.
Search dissertations and theses using:
How can you create quality search strings to get the most out of the databases?
Use subject database thesauri to focus searches
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?