Sometimes, a structured approach to research can help to organize ideas and the way you think about information sources:
1. Explore topic basics (casual web searching)
2. Background (library catalog: books)
3. Current research (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians, writing center)
"The assignment is for you to write a 15-20 page research paper that analyzes a policy that the federal government has pursued or is presently pursuing today. The paper should provide an analysis of the problem or problems that led to the policy in the first place; a description of what the policy is and how it has been implemented; and finally, an evaluation of the policy’s impact on the problem.
Web based sources are certainly valid but books, journal articles and newspaper citations must be the basis of your research"