Use these tips to explore topics, brainstorm keywords, and get familiar with concepts. Just remember, reference sources are fantastic springboards to finding research, but they are not themselves (in most instances) research sources that you would cite in your paper. Use them to direct you to journal articles, books, and the like.
All searching works better if you use the terms that the authors are using, so:
Using what you find:
The best results are those that give you clues about where you might look next (other entries, similar names, and especially "further reading").
Remember to keep notes about useful words and related concepts that you can use in future searches.
Search using just a few important words at a time for best results.