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The secret to good information gathering is organizing your thoughts. This is an iterative process. Start with an idea, think of some terms that describe it and what you want to do with it, then test those terms in an information source. As you learn more, you modify the original idea/plan.
Carrot2 Clustering Engine
Use this search engine like a thesaurus. Search for the word(s) you have and Carrot2 will sort your search results by topic into folders. Check out the circles and foam tree, too. These tools provide a visualization of your search results and can offer direction for future searches.