Whenever you are searching for information, ask yourself:
Gathering Background Information
As you get started, you can get ideas from class discussions or readings. If it is a topic with which you are unfamiliar, use reference resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks as your starting point. Reference resources:
Request materials from other libraries or scans of articles and book chapters from SMU Libraries using Interlibrary Loan.
How you look for information using a search engine such as Google is different from how you will use many of the library databases. Here are a few helpful pages regarding searching.