1. Start with an overview from an encyclopedia


Search for your topic in the following: 

Key points from the video
  • Encyclopedias provide summaries and introductions to your research topic. 

  • Three tips for reading encyclopedia articles:
    1. Jump to the relevant section of the article by searching for your topic terms. Use Control+F on a PC, or Command+F on a Mac.
    2. Find helpful books and journal articles in the encyclopedia article’s references.
    3. From your reading, identify alternative terms that can help you in future searches.