Now that you have carefully read and understand your assignment, it is time to select a topic and focus on what aspect(s) of that topic will be the basis of your assignment.
Note: a research topic ≠ a research question
If your professor assigned your topic, great! Then you're most of the way there. However, if the assigned topic was a general idea or you've been given the task of selecting your own topic, its time to brainstorm! Below are sample databases that may aid in that process.
Before you start searching for books or articles, take a moment to think about what you will search for.
Write down keywords, phrases, names, and/or topics that might relate to your topic.
How do you come up with the words to write down?
Still stuck? Visit with a librarian to talk through your ideas.