The Research Process
This is the basic research process. Doesn't it look so easy?! The truth is, research is an interative process -- you'll jump back and forth through these stages as necessary. You may do and collect research, but then as you evaluate and reflect you'll realize you need to rethink some of your strategy and do more planning. Because research is a stop-and-go journey, leave yourself plenty of time to "get lost" and let your curiosity lead the way!
For a comprehnsive learning experience, follow the guide in order. However, the guide is designed to help you at any stage of your process, and will still be useful to you if you don't follow in order.