Take a few moments to actually sit down and spend time thinking and writing about your topic. Ask yourself questions like:
Once you've done that, go back and review what you've written and look for keywords, ideas, and themes to help start your searching.
Keeping track of your thoughts, ideas, and resources you find in your research is part of the research process. Your ideas might change, and you may find important articles, ideas, and vocabulary that you'll want to keep track of.
Starting an online research doc is a great way to keep track of your work, and gives you a place to store your ideas, articles, and even citations. This short video show you how to create a research doc, and how to use it throughout your research process.