Come up with a topic that interests you... and can keep you interested while you research and write. You should want to learn more about this topic.
Come up with synonyms and similar terms to match your topic
Don't get too specific - It is easier to narrow down your results than it is to expand them.
Use * to search for different versions of the same word (truncation)
Use " " (quotation marks) to search for specific phrases
Adapted from: University of Nebraska Omaha, CRISS Library