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Before you start your research, make sure to read the assignment to understand what your professor is requesting from your writing. This is always a good idea, but it is especially useful for conducting searches in a field such as Childhood Education. Focus on the purpose and length of the paper to develop your thesis statement. The shorter the paper length, the more narrow your thesis should be. Compile a list of potential keywords to help you in your research, think of synonyms, overarching topics, and possibly information from outside of the specific field - what was happening with government, culturally, philosophy, or other topics.
Pro Tip - Once you have found a source that is perfect for your writing assignment, look at that book or article's sources. The author has completed a lot of research on the subject. Using the already researched items is a great way to work smarter, not harder.