Their entries provide a broad overview of different aspects of a theme, place, event, etc. These aspects may provide ideas to refine your topic. For example:
-- Explore Opposing Viewpoints in Context
A valuable resource to get quick information on current issues. It brings together all the information that’s needed to fully understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics, multimedia, including images and podcasts, links to hand-selected web sites, and more!
-- Try new search engines
Some search engines organize and visualize search results in categories and subcategories, and these categories can provide help narrowing down a broad topic.
- DeeperWeb: powered by Google, it allows you to refine your search by adding or excluding words in Deeper Cloud (see image), by selecting specific categories of information, and more!
-- Read Mary George's Elements of Library Research
It provides excellent advice and lots of tips on how to find an appropriate topic.
A huge and highly heterogeneous multidisciplinary mix of scholarly, journalistic, practitioner and popular sources, with much direct full-text included. Use the tabs to identify scholarly, newspaper or other sources as necessary. Thanks to MeL / How to export to RefWorks Coverage: 1980-present
Expanded Academic ASAP Although smaller than Academic OneFile, it specifically targets academic users in every discipline.
Learn more about what you can do with Google's search engine:
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Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.