A science-focused online news source such as Science Daily can be used to find a topic that interests you. You can also find contemporary news articles using Google News.
You can use Google Patents to find patent information by inventor, country, title, etc.
Using the Author-Supplied Keywords or Subjects/Subject Headings can help you refine your search in scholarly databases.
Interlibrary loan can be helpful if you are looking for resources the library does not currently own. This is a service free of charge to all SUNY Oneonta students and faculty. Digital documents, such as PDFs, can be delivered in as little as a couple of hours whereas physical items, such as books, can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on availability. It is a good idea not to wait until the last minute to do your research in case you need to use ILL.