As you explore your topic, write down words that seem important to the topic. These will help you when you start searching the databases. Think up some related terms (synonyms or antonyms), too.
|How?/Why?||Violent crimes||Substance abuse|
These questions will also help you to narrow your topic to something manageable for a short paper.
Use encyclopedias to explore a topic of interest and look for keywords to use when searching for articles in the databases.
Use these local newspapers and websites to explore issues and problems faced in the immediate communities, state, or region.