Identify a Topic.
If you haven't picked a topic yet, see the box to the right Suggestions for Finding a Topic.
State your topic idea as a question.
For example, if you are interested in finding out about use of medical marijuana to stop pain, you might pose the question, "How medical marijuana can help in the treatment of pain?"
Identify the main concepts or keywords in your question. In this case they are medical marijuana and pain.
Test Your Topic
Test the main concepts or keywords in your topic by looking them up.
If you are finding too much information and too many sources, narrow your topic by using the boolean operator and: marijuana and pain for example.
Finding too little information may indicate that you need to broaden your topic. For example, look for information on marijuana, rather than medical marijuana.