1. Do you prefer taking notes on paper or on a computer? How will you keep track of your research?
2. Have you selected a topic? Brainstorm 5-10 related search terms BEFORE you start your research.
For example: Search terms for "Mary Pickford" could include her name and/or titles of her films or plays, names of her characters, directors or actors she worked with, or industry-related terms such as silent films, silent movies, pay raise, Academy Award, etc.
3. Save what you find (print it or email it to yourself).