In order to find the best sources for your research, you will need to identify which parts of your research question or topic are the most important.
Does parenting style effect student performance on standardized tests?
In this example, the important terms are:
To get the best results, you may next want to try brainstorming related words in order to broaden your search. For example:
You can combine these terms with the words AND and OR to limit or broaden your search.
AND combines two unrelated concepts and narrows your search, e.g. parenting style AND grades
OR allows you to search for related ideas and will give you more results, e.g. women OR female OR girls
These search strings combining keywords and AND and OR are what you will type into the database. To get the best results, try a few different combinations of keywords. It can also be a good idea to check different databases.
It can be a good idea to look some background information as you begin your research. Credo Reference, a library database, is a great way to find reference articles about a variety of topics from encyclopedias, dictionaries, and more.