Begin by selecting a topic. Your initial topic can be broad - an author, a literary movement, a literary work... You will narrow your topic later, so it is okay if you only have vague ideas now. For now, we want to find background information about the topic so that we can decide what research question(s) to pursue. Your professor or a librarian can help you explore topics.
Encyclopedias contain quick facts and topic overviews.
Use encyclopedias to: