Now that you've picked your topic and done a little background research, it's time to brainstorm relevant keywords. Think of synonyms and words related to the main nouns in your topic. For example, if my topic is
ethics of genetic modification of humans
I might come up with some additional keywords I came across in my background reading:
Once you have your keywords, try combining them in different ways to search in different library resources.
The Discovery search is a good place to start. The following box is the same as the one on the library homepage:
You might also try any of the following databases:
Once you've gotten your search results from your combination of keywords, scroll through them to see how relevant they are to your topic.
My first search result is a book that I may not have time to read, or which is too broad in scope, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty of relevant news and journal articles further down!
Even all the way down at result #33, there's a promising looking and more recent article:
Didn't get many good search results? Jump down to step 5, Refine Keywords and Search Again.
As you scroll through your results, click into any that look like they might be relevant.
The following is the database record for my result #33, "Are we ready for genome editing in human embryos for clinical purposes?"
Whether or not you found some good results in your first search, it can always be worth it to search again--by changing around your keywords or searching in a different database.