Develop a topic, based on your knowledge or skills, or research:
ex. An investigation of homelessness among African Americans.
2. Ask yourself basic questions about your topic. The questions may start with;
ex. What are some circumstances that have lead African Americans toward homelessness?
3. From those questions, develop key words or terms
ex. homeless, African Americans, poverty, economics, racism
4. Use those terms 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.
There are a variety of methods you can adopt for your research strategy, depending on your subject area or the outcome of your research. Research methodology will differ depending on whether:
Your strategies will be different as will the type of information sources you will seek and find.
See some databases below that offer examples of research methods, datasets or cases: