Once you have your topic (thesis statement or research question), create a search strategy to help you find sources for your assignment.
For each important word/phrase, come up with similar or related terms such as:
Synonyms (different word, same meaning)
Narrower terms (more specific)
Broader terms (less specific)
Everyday language (words the average person would use to describe something)
Formal or academic language (words that experts in a subject/discipline would use to describe something)
Tip: After you start searching, add any additional keywords or phrases that you come across in your results.
Consider professions, disciplines, and subject area of professionals who might be researching and publishing articles on your topic. This can help you pick subject-specific databases.