When researching a topic that may be new or unfamiliar, one of the best things you can do is gather some background so you can develop a solid overview about your topic.
The library has a few databases that are especially useful for this part of the research process. When you use these database, limit the keywords you use to search to 2-3 words (e.g. homelessness or transgender women violence).
After you watch each of the database videos below, practice applying what you learned from those videos in the individual databases.
Remember, if you have any questions, you can:
The databases on this page are great resources to start with to do some preliminary and contextual research on your topic.
TIP: The most effective way to use these particular databases is to begin with 1-3 keywords.
TOPIC: Female and male athletes should receive equal pay for the sports they play
Good: equal pay sports
Not so good: female male athletes play sports equal pay
NOTE: Opposing Viewpoints (below) is a great database for argumentative essays. Topics tend to have articles on the differing viewpoints.