A research project takes time to complete and may take many sessions of searching in order to find what you need. Keeping track of your research question, keywords, and search history can help you execute a more comprehensive search, and can help you avoid duplication! Then, when it's time to write your paper, these thorough research notes will save you a lot of time and energy.
There are many ways that you can keep track of your research. Here is an example of a log that may be usefully during your initial searching.
|Topic is too broad will need to narrow search with keywords
|Found a great ebook - emailed to self
|Need scholarly sources
After you begin reading the source material, move to more of a journal format with one page per source so that you can make notes of quotes, references, and citations.
|Location (online/in library)
|How will it be used?