Most students barely scratch the surface of available options for research. Besides books and articles you discover through Google and other online searches, give some or all of the following a try:
Besides connecting you to some basic factual information on your topic, documentaries on DVD can tune you into the themes of controversy within your topic and introduce you to some notable experts on your topic whose work you can seek out for further detail. Videos might also connect you to the emotional aspects of a topic that might be more difficult to realize through reading alone.
The ISU Libraries provide access to streaming videos on a variety of topics. They can be watched anywhere you have access to the Internet, but you must login with your college username and password when off-campus.
For more information and links to other streaming websites, see the Streaming Video at ISU Library guide.
Congress.gov also records sessions in the Senate and the House.
You can find articles published in academic journals both on the web and by searching library databases. Scholarly articles explore original research done by experts in every academic field imaginable.
Even within the sphere of academic writing, the manner in which you make use of sources can vary. Sources can provide:
For the first three of the above, news sources, such as magazine and newspaper articles, and general books could provide excellent background and detail for more compelling writing.
See below checklist for ideas on how to decide between a good source and a questionable one: