I am looking for research on privateers (pirates) and also about the history of the America Intelligence Agencies (OSS forward to the present day CIA)
Starting with the library catalog, we did a search for the word privateer and found 4 titles. We clicked on one of these and then noted the subject headings. We selected a subject heading and found many more potentially useful titles. This strategy works for both privateering and for american intelligence.
We also visited a resource called http://www.worldcat.org in order to search for books at 100's of local, state, and national public and academic libraries. This helped us see more available titles that Tri-C, as a two year college, might not own.
We also used the History subject guide, and shopped for research in Historical abstracts and American History and Life.
Last, we used Google's advanced search for information about the OSS, and American Intelligence History. We just limited to a .gov and or a .edu domain and added keywords.