Develop a Search Strategy Information for your paper may be found in a number of different places: books, newspapers, databases, websites, etc. Take a few minutes to think about what type of information you need and where you're likely to find it.
Most of you can do this already without really realizing it! You don't check the phone book for a movie review, or the newspaper for which courses will be offered at HVCC next semester. For really current topics, try the databases, which contain newspaper, journal, and magazine articles. For more in-depth background information try books. Don't rely too heavily on just one or two sources. If you use a variety you will be better able to support your thesis.
Here are links to some searching methods:  Truncation   Boolean Searching   Subject vs. Keyword Searching
Many students are confused about what a scholarly, or peer-reviewed, journal is when
their professor requires one to be used. Here are some attributes of three kinds of periodicals that you'll find on
the HVCC library databases that might make it more clear: