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
economic impact of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
I might come up with some additional keywords I came across in my background reading:
|[specific states, like Vermont]
|employment / unemployment
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 looks like a book from 2011 that may not be relevant to you research questions, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty of relevant and more recent sources further down!
Even down at result #27, there's a very recent book in our own collection that addresses one aspect of the issue. And allll the way down at #97 is a journal article that could be very relevant to your research!
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 #97, "Does Immigration Reduce Wages?"
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.