The research process starts with an idea. That idea leads to another idea, and another, and another. Brainstorming - gathering what you already know, what you want to know, and what you might need to know in one spot. There's no rule for this part of the research process, just thinking! Click on this link or the picture to start.
Your research task is to find and incorporate what others have written about your topic or subject. Use the library's databases to find college-level sources and incorporate parts of those into your paper. These sources will be your secondary sources. Remember, your ideas matter the most!