1. Develop a topic, based on your knowledge or skills, or research:
1. a. Write what you know about your topic, no matter how brief or scattered - brainstorm ideas!
ex. Feminism and identity of black women writers
2. Ask yourself basic questions about your topic. The questions may start with;
ex. How are sex and gender roles portrayed by many of hip hop's performers and in their lyrics and media?
From those questions, as well as from your readings or knowledge about the topic, develop key words or terms:
Consider: synonymous terms, geographic areas, ethnicities, specific populations, industries, social concepts, etc.
Think broadly and globally
ex. "hip hop", "sex roles", gender, "african american musicians", media, videos, lyrics
Use your key words when searching tools such as Library catalogs, databases, or Google or Google Scholar.
5. You may want to get general, background information on your topic if you know very little about it.
ex. Encyclopedias, books, reviews of the literature, etc.
6. Finding sources in various formats on your topic
ex. Electronic sources, printed materials, microforms
7. Current scholarship, including peer-reviewed research on your topic.
8. Statistical sources.