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:
Although we have many fine electronic reference sources, sometimes it's helpful (or necessary) to use print resources as well. Here's a small sample fo print reference sources that you might find helpful. Don't forget that the library's print reference books are on the south side of the main floor of the library.