Before you start:
Explore, learn more about your topic by checking the online encyclopedia and dictionaries listed in the box below this box or consult your course readings, textbooks etc.
When you are looking for more information on a specific topic or you don't know much about a topic, reference works such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are a great place to start because they contain relatively short—and accessible—articles. These articles often lay out the main issues of a subject and can assist you in trying to narrow your topic.
Often such articles are accompanied by lists of readings with core articles which allow you to explore your topic further.