One of the first steps of approaching research is to get a general overview of the topic you are interested in. This overview will help you:
Encyclopedia entries provide this type of overview on many, many topics. You can search across encyclopedias with the search box below, or search individual encyclopedias.
You can search for a topic across multiple encyclopedias using the search box below.
Encyclopedias and Handbooks are excellent places to begin your research, They provide 'executive summaries' of major research findings so far, key researchers in the field, and point to additional key articles and books for further reading.