There is a lot that can be said about doing research – it can be fun, it can also be frustrating. What makes it more rewarding is understanding what the assignment expectations are and then locating a relevant body of resources that help you write the best possible paper. Start by looking at the requirements of the assignment.
How long is the paper?
Does the essay require current sources or are earlier sources also appropriate?
Does the disciplinary perspective of the resource matter?
Do you need primary resources and/or secondary resources?
What types of sources are required for the assignment?