It's easy to get lost in research especially when following links in online databases. Resist the urge to click and follow. Instead, decide which resources you want to use. A checklist of resources can help. Keep some type of research journal since it will save you time in the end.
Legal research is a web. An encyclopedia article can point to cases and A.L.R. annotations. Cases can also point to Restatements, treatises and journal articles. Eventually the sources lead you to sources you've already read. When you aren't finding anything new, you're finished.
Remember the Serendipity Factor? Before you call it quits, take a walk through the law library and the stack range for your topic. Browse the titles. You may find a title or two on the shelf that you hadn't considered previously.
The more you practice, the more proficient you become. Your future employer will want you to have research skills that demonstrate the following:
Make a research plan; work the plan. Two habits to develop:
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. Following a road map helps keep you on the right path to your destination when you are traveling, it is no different with research. The best plans (maps) start with what you already know.