ACCESS the information you need. Know where to look and how to search for it.
EVALUATE the information you found and determine if it is what you need.
USE information properly. Know when and how to cite what you used.
ETHICAL/LEGAL is to give credit to what you use and avoid plagiarism.
Think about your topic. What are some possible subject terms you could use to search for resources about your topic? Search & see what you find. You may have to reformulate your research question.
Here is a basic check-list of "things to do" when conducting research: