... you should stop and think about what you really need to find. For students, this requires carefully thinking through your professor's assignment. If a topic has been provided for you, be sure that you understand exactly what it covers. If you are to select your own topic, follow your professor's instructions for doing so, and look for some general information to be sure your proposed topic is not too large or too narrow for the depth of research or length of paper you have been assigned. You may want to consult your textbook or an encyclopedia to gain general knowledge about the topic before starting in-depth research.
A good practice is to write in one sentence exactly what you will be researching -- doing this makes you put into words what may previously have been vague thoughts.INFO-HOUND is designed to help you with research skills, so the next thing we will look at is what sources of information are available to you and how to select which one(s) to use to start your research.