Google Scholar can be a useful searching tool, particularly when it checks against the electronic full text holdings at FSU. This link requires you to log in with your FSU e-mail information-- but it's worth it!
Ah, researching a topic. Sounds like so much fun, yes? But when you look at the many options of resources and searches, it's a dizzying array of choices. Fear not.
Develop an idea.
Carefully read your assignment; look for subject parameters or specific methodologies to include or avoid.
The idea can be a question or just an exploration of a topic.
Formulate words to describe that idea or topic.
Complete sentences are one way to express an idea or topic exploration; however, pull out descriptive words to construct a search.
For example, if you want to explore non-verbal rehearsal techniques of high school music directors, you may want to choose non-verbal as a search term, but you may want to look for synonyms for non-verbal too.
Use these words and phrases to search for your idea or topic.
Some electronic resources will suggest different terms or phrases. Write down those suggestions and use them in a separate search.
Look carefully at any citations listed in a search result -- if your topic is addressed, use the subjects/thesaurus terms applied to that citation to find similar items.