When your new trying to get resources may be tough. An easy way to get resources is by farming. Farming is when you find a inactive player(Usually someone who quit) and send troops to attack them. There are alot of inactive people who just have bases with tons of resources why let it go to waste? Send a scout and see if the report detects troops. If there are no troops then the person is probably inactive. Most inactives are not in a alliance. But as a warning if you hit immiediently the person you hit may have just had thier base hit and is rebuilding. They may build enough and hit you. It is smart to wait a day after a scout and see if there is any growth if there isn't, then the base is a farm and you may drain resources without worrying about getting hit.