Step Two Read the overview to gain a good understanding of the scope of the topic, what are the subtopics or related topics, key issues, different opinions, key figures, places and so on. When reading, write down the keywords or terms that you think may be useful for your future search.
Step Three Try to select one or two more articles to read to collect background information. List additional keywords.
Step Four Draft a research question and test it in the library searches.
Find Essential Studies on My Topic
Start with a good scholarly summary on your topic to identify who are the key researchers
Determine on what kind of materials you are looking for: books or articles published in which period (for historical review)
Read the footnotes and the reference lists in your course readings, keeping an eye out on the studies referred by several different items