Identify the key concepts, themes, questions, or issues associated with this topic.
Brainstorm and collect alternate, related, broader or narrower terms to be used in your searches.
Try searching the library catalog and one or two indexes. Is the number of relevant articles and/or books sufficient to continue with your topic? If not, refine your topic; consider narrowing or broadening the scope of it.
Begin to formulate a preliminary research question or topic.
Search for books, articles, and other material
Refine your research question or topic as necessary based on the information you find.
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