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Use general overview sources, like subject-specific encyclopedias to understand your topic at an introductory level. In particular, note:
- The lay of the land
- Where, when, and who was involved in your topic?
- Write down keywords and phrases used in the overview articles
- Use these for search terms
- Note names of player and scholars active with your topic
- Use the article's bibliography to find further sources.
- Note the names of the journals that publish articles on the topic and search those journals for more articles.
- Notice the sub-headings in the article or the sub-topics it covers. These are built-in cues for narrowing your research topic.
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