1) Use good Keywords.
-Do background research by looking at general science texts, encyclopedias, and your text book. Ask your teacher for suggestions. Brainstorm.
2) EXPAND your search.
-Search for related words. Automatically AND seach terms.
-If you still aren't getting enough results, search within the full text of articles.
3) LIMIT your search.
-Choose only "Magazines" from your result page so as to get only those articles written for a general audience.
4) SORT your results by relevancy
5) Look at SUBJECT HEADINGS.
-Run another search using one or more subject headings by using the flag "DE". Combine subject headings with keywords for more precise searches.