Choose a topic.
Do a brain dump: Note down what you already know about your topic, including
Fill in the gaps in your knowledge: get background information from books, encyclopedias, or other secondary sources. Wikipedia can be good here.
Use nouns from your brain dump as search terms.
Evaluate what you find. Change search terms to get closer to what you really want.
Refine Your Topic - Using the information you have gathered, determine if your research topic should be narrower or broader. You may need to search basic resources again using your new, focused topics and keywords.