Once you've decided on a topic, you should then identify keywords that you'll use while searching. People describe things differently, so you'll also want to write a list of synonyms for your keywords. When you've done that, you can start to look for general information about the topic. The best place to start is in a reference source.
|What is it?||Examples:||Use When...|
|A general summary of facts, definitions, histories, statistics, and more pertaining to a particular subject or subject area.||Dictionaries, Encylopaedias, Almanacs||
-You need a basic overview of a topic.
-You want quick facts.
-You want to better understand a topic, which may lead you to new pathways or subjects.