We can think of starting our research as joining in a conversation with other researchers in the same field. While you may be shy at first and think you have nothing to contribute, your contribution could be very valuable! This guide will help you understand the current 'conversation', make relevant contributions, and figure out who you should be listening to and where they're having the conversation.
These slide decks accompanied previous presentations to the Summer Research Seminar for the Office of Undergraduate Research. (They typically have not been updated since presentation.)