When you are just starting on a research project, we recommend you follow these steps.
Understanding what others have written on your topic is important. You can then use those sources to help you explore your research question to better support your final argument.
Assembling those sources is the first step of a literature review, the foundation of your research.
You should be able to synthesize and discuss the important studies and themes of the literature before you make your original argument.
Online tools will help you cite, save, and manage your sources!