How can I find more information? Here are some other techniques you can try:
Footnote chasing, also known as "following the footnote trail" or "citation mining" is an additional way that you can find information on your topic. Lets say that you have an article containing information that is useful to your project. That article may cite yet other resources that are useful as well! This is a great way to find additional resources that provide more information and/or further support your position. Therefore, always look at the footnotes, the endnotes, and/or the bibliography of a helpful resource. Citations from resources taking an opposing view can even lead to information supporting your point! Please keep in mind that footnote chasing will always take you back in time to information that was produced prior to the resource you are currently looking at.
Citation Pearl Growing
On the other hand, citation pearl growing can lead to more recent information. By doing a search in a database for the citation or perhaps more simply for the title and possibly author of a helpful resource, you can then find more current information that has cited this resource. This newer resource supply additional great for your project, plus there may even be more footnotes & citations to refer to. Can I hear a "Hey Ya!"
One Perfect Source Myth
Despite all your hard work, you may run into a situation where there is no perfect source for your topic. This can happen if no one has previously found or discovered the information you are looking for, or perhaps the topic is new and you need to find an authoritative source (perhaps from a peer reviewed journal) on the topic. What are you going to do?
Keep in mind this is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, this is your project, its possible that you could be putting down in writing something no one else has! What you need to do is to support your argument with information and/or examples which are pertinent. Here are two examples:
If you are still having problems finding information, ask a librarian or your instructor for help. And don't put off either researching or asking to the last minute! No one is going to do your research for you, Even if you can find the information locally that you need (and do not need to use interlibrary loan), you still need to write your paper!