Some questions to ask yourself before you start your research:
These sources will help you find background information on your topic. This can help you narrow your research question to a manageable size and also suggest some search terms you might use once you begin your research.
Research is a process of inquiry.
You should be able to frame your research topic as a question. Example:
Your research will attempt to answer this question.
Break down your question into its most important parts. You will use these as search terms. Example for question 3, above:
The answer that you arrive at will be...the thesis of your paper.