Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment.
Research is an organic and creative process, and at times, can be unpredictable. Begin your research as soon as possible:
Research is an organic and creative process! You may need to repeat or revisit certain steps above. Consider these tips:
Make time: to visit the library, allow for materials/sources to arrive, and to manage all of the non-research things life will throw your way
Anticipate and embrace change: follow interesting leads and explore new ideas
Record your steps: Carefully document sources as you go along, so you can find them easily later on
Tie it together creatively: YOU determine the analysis/findings - don't just re-iterate your sources
These are just a few free tools you can use to manage your research and stay organized.