There are lots of different ways of starting the process of doing research.
One place to start is with General Resources.
General Resources are encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other reference sources that give you an overview or broad picture of your topic. You should consider starting your research process with General Sources if:
Here are a couple of other suggestions for sources to use as you begin to explore a topic. CQ Researcher is a great source for current events topics.
The Library also has several book series:
which are also good for beginning some research as well as exploring a range of possibilities for research questions and argument theses. I've linked to examples for the book series, but you can search for your topic in the catalog as well. Here's how:
Choose one of the three electronic reference databases above. Do a search for your topic. Complete the attached worksheet, answering the questions based on your results list.