Your strategy to contextualize your topic will necessarily vary, but some general paths to investigate might include:
For answers to general questions about research, see "Library FAQs" and for more help, email me to meet about your project.
Advanced Google searching can turn up a wealth of otherwise "hidden" documents. Start regularly using just a few extra operators in Google and you'll never look back.
|Operator||What It Does|
|~ (tilda)||searches for synonyms|
|inurl:gov; inurl:org; inurl:edu||searches only these domains|
|filetype:pdf; filetype:xls; filetype:ppt||searches for only these types of documents|
|date..date (2008..2009)||searches for documents relevant to those years|
|site:carleton.edu||searches for documents only at Carleton's domain|
~hunger "twin cities" ~suburban inurl:org filetype:pdf 2005..2009