The Golden Library OneSearch enables you to search everything in the library at one time, including books, music, films, journal articles, eBooks, etc. If you are searching only for journal articles, using individual, subject-specific databases is highly recommended. (Look in the left bar.)
1) Your preliminary research should include broad and general reading about your topic, e.g., articles from journals, newspapers, magazines, and book browsing (you may end up using only some of these resources in your actual project)
2) There must be a clear focal point to your research project—state what it is you want to investigate, discover, question, compare, argue, etc. You must present a well-defined idea or assertion capable of being supported by your research: this is your thesis statement.
3) Examples of thesis statements: OWL at Purdue University's Creating a Thesis Statement and LEO at St. Cloud State's Thesis Statement
Identify the key concepts in your thesis statement, as these will become your search terms.
Give yourself sufficient time to do a thorough job. Do not wait two days before your paper is due to start doing your research.