When you start a research task, begin with some authoritative Background Research. Why?
Generating Search Terms
Finding keywords in background research to develop a Search Strategy.
Good, short, video on brainstorming (4:25)
Databases for Background Reference & eReference Books
from Library Home Page
eReference and general print reference...
Subject specific reference resources, both in print and as ebooks.
some suggested eReference sources:
Selected Titles for Background Research
Books & eBooks
Good place to start: eBrary. An ebook collection of more than 70,000 covering all topics.