Whether you are getting ready to write an assignment or embark on some research, you will need to take a systematic approach to finding information. This process is sometimes referred to as a 'literature search'.
Before starting a literature search it is important to be clear about what you are being asked to do. Define your search both in terms of the keywords and phrases you need to use and the timeline you need to cover. Depending on how many results your search returns, you may need to refine your search strategy.
Make sure you know how to use bibliographic databases for your subject as they will contain useful features to help you with your search.
Our skills guide to Effective Search Techniques will help you further.