Always start your research with a good encyclopedia article. After you mine it for keywords, start searchng some other databases. Then you can move on to ebooks, print books and websites.
Choose your sources carefully. Evaluate them using the key questions of media literacy:
Put quotation marks around words to search for the exact phrase.
Example: "the exact phrase" will give you those three words next to each other instead of all pages containing those three words anywhere in the document.
Skim and scan the first two results pages for as much information as possible before you decide to click on a source. Be strategic in what you decide to read. The first source is not always the best.
Choose the words you use in search boxes purposefully. Your first keywords might not give you the best results. Try different strategies to generate keywords.
Encyclopedias are the best place to start learning about your topic. You can "mine" articles for keywords. Look for proper names, places, and terms that are new to you. You can use these words in other sources to find more information.
Searching newspapers for information can be tricky. If you're not finding the right information, your keywords need work. Using names, places, dates and events is a good strategy.
General and Subject Databases
More places to find information on your topic.