Research is not a straight path...
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 keeping a Librarian on call, you can avoid frustration.
Your topic may change as you conduct research. Don't be afraid to revisit it!
Before you start searching in 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 articles you find are: current, relevant to your topic, written by an expert author and for a scholarly audience, and written for the purpose of furthering the scholarly conversation (not for personal or financial gain).
Determine how each article or book sheds new light on your topic. What information do you learn from each resource that you didn't have before?