You may need to refine your topic from a very broad concern to a narrow one, or possibly reverse. If you're looking at a broad topic, such as gun rights, consider:
As a result, you might narrow your topic with results such as:
Now that you have keywords, it's time to search the databases. Have you used the databases before? If you don't have recent experience with our library's databases, then I suggest watching this introductory video.
When doing research about government policies, at least in the context of the United States, you're participating in a broad conversation across our republic. It's helpful to see what other thoughtful people have said about the government policy you are advocating or opposing. For that task, I recommend exploring Opposing Viewpoints. Its resources include statistics, news stories, scholarly journal articles, and viewpoint arguments on a wide variety of current issues.
Opposing Viewpoints provide sound introductions to controversial issues, but you should dig deeper. These next three databases will help you do so.
Academic Search Complete, the Military & Government Collection, and the Legal Collection are databases with with newspaper, magazine, and scholarly journal articles. They are structured the same way, so this video tutorial will show you how to search all three.
Dr. Scruggs provides many MLA 8 citation and formatting resources in her course. Consider also watching this video, which explains how the MLA 8 system works.