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
minimizing concussions in youth football
I might come up with some additional keywords I came across in my background reading:
|screening / testing
|mild traumatic brain injury
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 few search results are academic journal articles, but there are plenty of news and magazine articles on this topic also.
Even all the way on the second page of results, at result #41, there's a promising looking 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 #41, "Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football."
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.