The third step in the research plan should be to research the topic. Set several dates to do the research. Put these dates where you will be reminded to see them. On these dates begin the research. Having more than one date will help you in case something comes up on one of the dates. Use various types of sources depending on the type of paper it is such as a research paper usually requires a combination of scholarly articles, books, and governmental documents. Use the library searching for any books or journals. The library often has several ways to search materials such as EBSCO. Use the Internet to find different type of sources including journal articles.
See the references section from your Literature Review for a comprehensive guide to completing the reference section of your proposal. You do not need to duplicate the efforts of your Literature Review, but PLEASE remember to add any new references that you utilized for your methodology, data collection tools, etc. Spend some time reviewing the references to ensure that they are complete and accurate - names of all the authors, correct date, full and accurate title, complete publishing information (city of publication, publishing company for books, full journal title, volume and number and pages for journal articles). Use the appropriate citation forms for your field of study.
The act of searching often begins with a question that directs the act of finding needed information. Encompassing inquiry, discovery, and serendipity, searching identifies both possible relevant sources as well as the means to access those sources. Experts realize that information searching is a contextualized, complex experience that affects, and is affected by, the cognitive, affective, and social dimensions of the searcher. Novice learners may search a limited set of resources, while experts may search more broadly and deeply to determine the most appropriate information within the project scope. Likewise, novice learners tend to use few search strategies, while experts select from various search strategies, depending on the sources, scope, and context of the information need.