Who cares about your topic?
Who cares about your will help you figure out what type of research they do. (scientists will perform experiments, doctors may run a randomized controlled trial, a professor might write a literature review, etc)
Once you figure the type of resources someone who cares about your topic would create, you can then determine where you will find these resources. (scholarly articles can be found in databases, news articles can be found online, etc)
Start by by thinking about the main ideas that are related to your topic. The PICO format (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) can help you think about these concepts.
Consider using synonyms of your keywords to help find even more information. For example, if you are looking for articles about the benefits of exercise for patients with heart disease, you might start with the keywords and synonyms below:
|Keyword||Synonym 1||Synonym 2|
|heart disease||cardiovascular disease|
Searching for Keywords
Creating a grid like the one above can also help you enter your keywords when you're searching in the databases.
Try Boolean Operators...
One way to keep track of your research results is to use a research log. This way you will remember where you searched, the keywords you used, and how many results you got.