You need to gain an understanding of your topic. You can use dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases or core text books.
Reading these will give you some background information and ideas for search terms to use when finding information.
This page gives you some suggestions of materials to use for gathering general information.
Use the tabs along the top of this Guide to help you find information from books, journals and websites.
The library has a huge range of information resources that will help you with your studies. Use this subject guide to find the most relevant resources. Your librarians liaise with your lecturers to ensure that you have high quality information available on campus and at home.
It's useful to get a broad understanding of your topic before you start narrowing your research. Define keywords in your topic and find alternative terms by using subject dictionaries. Find background information and key facts in encyclopaedia, handbooks and other reference sources.