Six steps to successful research
Step one: tertiary investigation
Begin with any helpful tertiary source: encyclopedias, textbooks, and yes even Wikipedia. Look for relevant terminology, dates, people and events that will relate to your question. Create a general research doc (Google docs is handy) to record this information. This wil help you decide if you are interested enough in this topic to pursue it, and you'll also find out if there is enough information available.
Step two: secondary analysis
Your paper should pose a debatable question and then argue for a particular viewpoint or opinion. In this step you'll examine the work of other researchers to see if there are differences of opinion on your topic. If you are only finding opinions or analysis on one side of the question you should approach the topic from a different angle, or choose a different topic.
Step three: primary sources
You have a topic and the beginnings of a question; now you'll need to find evidence to support your argument. What types of sources will best illustrate your viewpoint?