Here is a good, basic formula for getting started with your research:
These assignment calculators help break down research projects into a series of manageable steps, and gives some tips on what to do at each step along the way. Enter your project's due date to get started!
The Assignment Calculator (Univ. of British Columbia)
The Assignment Calculator (University of Minnesota)
The Assignment Calculator (SUNY Empire State College) -- this one has sections for taking notes!
These are just a few examples. There are other similar tools out there on the internet.