A research strategy is a systematic plan of finding the information you need quickly and efficiently. A basic research strategy appears below. Note that evaluation of sources is an integral part of the research strategy.
I. CHOOSE A TOPIC.
Avoid a topic that is too broad (you’ll be swamped) or too narrow (you won’t find enough).
II. FIND BACKGROUND INFORMATION.
• General encyclopedias (Academic American, Britannica, Americana, etc.)
• Specialized encyclopedias (Encyclopedia of Sociology, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, etc.)