Following the six step Information Search Process (ISP) will save time and keep you organized through all phases of any research assignment.
Understand the Assignment: Understand the specifics including length of paper, topic options/instructions, citation style and resources permitted before beginning topic selection, research or any other part of the assignment.
Select a Topic: Think about what the assignment guidelines are and choose something that is interesting to you.
Explore your Topic: Take your topic and narrow it down to what you want to focus on, normally a few main points.
Develop a Thesis/Specific Purpose Statement: Decide your objective so you can inform the readers about what you will discuss.
Research: Work within the assignment guidelines to decide on appropriate resources. Keep track of your citations as you go.
Present your Research: Using your research and critical thinking skills, write your essay, paper, presentation, etc.