1. The first step in using a SEARCH ENGINE like Google, is to parse out your research question to come up with effective SEARCH terms.Take your research question and:
1.1. Circle key words.
1.2. Cross out unnecessary words.
1.3. Come up with alternative phrasing.
2. Remember to use good search skills:
2.1. Every word matters.
2.2. Order only matters in "".
2.3. Capitalization does not matter.
2.4. Punctuation usually does not matter.
2.5 Use limiters.
com (commercial website - their purpose is generally to sell you something - generally not good for scholarly research)
org (generally a not for profit organization - BUT wikipedia is a .org and generally not a good place to do scholarly research)
gov ( a government website)
edu (an educational website)
3. Please note that through GOOGLE SCHOLAR you can access lots of scholarly resources on your topic as well. Here you will find entire books that are in the common domain, scholarly articles, etc. Click here to get to Google Scholar:
Check out these "Power Searching Tips" from WebMaster, Matt Cutts: