If you're like most people, you want to jump straight into searching for information once you have a research assignment. However, if you go through a few steps first, you'll end up saving lots of time.

Sometimes you start with very specific questions and you're ready to go:
  • Who is the biggest employer in Austin?
  • Who invented Velcro?
  • When was the Great Depression?

Get Specific

General Topics

However, often you only have a general topic for a project. Research is almost impossible because you find too much information.

In the examples below, the more specific search yielded a more manageable amount of information.

google search for oursourcing yields 49,200,000 results

more specific google search for animal rights, product testing, and cosmetics yields 327,000 results