Research is challenging. You may have to repeat every step in the process a few times. Don't get frustrated if your first topic turns out to be too broad, or if your early searches don't turn up any information. By starting out with a plan, and consulting with a librarian if you start feeling stuck, you can avoid frustration.
Your topic may change as you conduct research. Don't be afraid to explore a number of different avenues before arriving at a topic that is neither too broad nor too narrow and will work for your assignment.
Get a basic understanding of your topic by reading background information.
Before you start searching for library resources, make sure you know what to search for, where, and how.
Locate scholarly articles and books on your topic. Going through the Library to do this will make your life easier.
Make sure the sources you find are . . .
Give credit to the authors of your sources. Make sure your readers (and you) can locate your sources in their entirety.
The process of gathering information that can serve as evidence to back up your statements. Good research may not confirm what you think you know about your topic when you start out.