Any research project starts with brainstorming the topic. Sometimes a topic has been assigned to you and if that is the case, you still need to brainstorm. Brainstorming can take on a variety methods, but the end result is the same: to explore connections between ideas and narrow down what you want to work on.
Research involves going to various sources and looking for information. The process itself tends to be cyclical:
Repeat this cycle as often as you need to in order to get the information you need to create a great cache of resources.
See the tabs "Library Resources" and "Citing Sources" to help you further with this process.
Just as research is an iterative process, so is writing. Writing is also like sport; you need to practice it to get better at it. Some general tips for writing:
CITE CITE CITE! If you have directly quoted, paraphrased, or summarized anything from any work that is not your own, you need to give credit where credit is due otherwise, you are being academically dishonest and plagiarizing. Plagiarism has very significant consequences up to and including expulsion. Checking out the "Citing Sources" tab for more information and resources.
Presenting your research whether that is in person in a classroom or conference or through a recording of your presentation is vital in disseminating the knowledge that you have acquired. It's not enough to just present the information though. You need to present the information in a way that people can connect with and understand. See the "Presentations" tab for more resources on presenting.