Start with a keyword search which searches book titles, authors, subject headings, book descriptions, etc.
Use AND and OR to broaden or narrow your search
For example: monsters AND film
You can search for specific phrases by using quotation marks.
For example: "Mary Shelley" AND monster
An asterisk* will let you search for the root of a word and any variation after the asterisk (monst** = monster, monsters, monstrous)
As you're developing a research paper, it can be helpful to think about how your sources fit together in conversation with each other to support your argument. An annotated bibliography is one way in which researchers do this.
An annotated bibliography typically include a citation followed by a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources. Generally your annotations will:
1. Summarize. Provide an overview of the source's main argument. Consider how would you describe the work to someone that hasn't read it.
2. Assess. Following the overview of its argument, consider its strengths and weaknesses. How does it compare to the other sources you've selected? Does it cover one thing in great depth but fail to discuss something else. Does it have a clear bias or objective?
3. Reflect. Once you've summarized the source and considered its strengths and weaknesses, how will you use the source in your project? Does it give you strong evidence for one part of your argument? Does it have a good overview of previous literature?