1. Determine Keywords
Make a list of words related to your topic. These could include the important concepts in your research question, synonyms, broader and narrower terms, technical terms used by experts, related issues
2. Choose a place to search
Consider the type of sources you need to find and choose an appropriate search tool. For scholarly articles, always start with a library database.
3. Try a search using one or two keywords
4. Look through the entire first page of results
Exercise click restraint! Don't just click on the first result. Look through your results, reading the titles and snippets of the abstracts, then go back and click on the ones that seem relevant
5. Adjust your search as necessary by trying different keywords, limiting by date, source type, etc.