Read the Assignment
Before you begin research for paper, presentation, and/or project, read the assignment instructions. Yes, it sounds rudimentary, but understanding the assignment requirements is essential.
A few important things to look for in an assignment:
When you have good understanding of your assignment begin brainstorming and write your ideas for a topic quickly. Write until you have nothing more to say and don't worry if your ideas sound academic or not. At this point, it doesn't matter. Just remain open to the writing process.
Library Tip: Write about what interests you most.
Embrace Your Topic
Once you decide to write about a topic that truly interests you, it's time to do some background research. Background research is a preliminary search for information to determine if there is enough information on your topic. While conducting your background research remember to take notes and write down your thoughts and ideas. Also, have your assignment on hand and use it as a guide.
Some places to find background information:
Narrow Your Topic to Fit the Assignment.
Reflect upon your background research and notes to create a rough outline of your paper. From this point, begin to refine and narrow your thesis.
Finding the Right Sources and Materials
With a clear direction on your topic, it's time to locate additional sources in the library and on the Internet.