Google may seem like a great place to start, but it can provide
TOO much information
and you'll begin to feel
There are lots of better places to find information:
1. Webpath Express: a search engine in your library catalog that finds only quality websites that have been checked by teachers and librarians.
2. The World Book Online: an encyclopedia is a great place to find background information on a topic. It can help you get a sense for the area you are researching and help you define your research question.
3. Wikipedia: What? Yes! It's OK to use Wikipedia at the beginning of the research process. You can learn some valuable background information to help you build knowledge and develop a research question. There are lots of free online encyclopedias: Infoplease; IPL.org; Encyclopedia.com; Reference.com; dkonline.encyclopedia
3. Ebscohost: If you are looking for sources that are well-respected and will impress your teachers, this is the place to look.