Begin with a general idea of your topic then look for information to help you focus on specific concepts, generate keywords for your searches, and narrow down the topic. In this part of the process you're browsing and doing a little reading to get familiar with the topic and generate ideas.
Newspapers - current events, issues, and trends; local information; interviews
Books - thorough discussion and in-depth treatment of a topic
Articles - original research; scholarly analysis of a single question; narrower treatment of a topic
Government Information - statistics; technical reports; legislative and judicial actions; publications from federal, state, and local agencies
Popular sources: newspapers, magazines, non-profit organizations, websites, blogs - current trends; popular perceptions of a topic; marginalized voices; advocacy
Videos: documentaries and fictional films - interviews; visual representations; on scene reporting; storytelling