Research is a process with a lot of steps. There are no shortcuts if you want to do your best work. Review your assignment, rubric, and planning calendar carefully and be sure to stick to your teacher's due dates. If you are falling behind, see your teacher ASAP.
The Web abounds with online guides to research and writing. Some of our favorites are:
Basic Steps in the Research Process Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
OWL: Online Writing Lab Purdue University
QuickStudy: Library Research Guide University of Minnesota Libraries
Research Process Guide Beloit College
Seven steps of the Research Process Cornell University Library