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.
Expanded Academic ASAP Although smaller than Academic OneFile, it specifically targets academic users in every discipline.
You may request materials we don't have and we'll borrow them from another library for you.
Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.