EXPLORE YOUR TOPIC WITH YOUR TEAM AND DETERMINE WHETHER IT NEEDS TO BE SPLIT INTO SMALLER CONCEPTS TO INVESTIGATE
Suppose your team's topic is a State of the Art Review on improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. If so, you may find that you need to split this into subtopics. One team member may decide to research advanced heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) systems while another team member might research improved building envelopes.
So, your first task is to determine, as a team, what different aspects of your topic will need to be investigated to create a thorough State of the Art Review. Then you'll need to decide out how to divide up the research-work among team members.
GATHER CURRENT, RELEVANT INFORMATION
Next, you'll work on your own to find at least 6 references to the most current, relevant information on your subtopic. To be thorough, you should look for information in different types of sources, including websites, books, articles/papers, patents, and standards.search databases (Quick Search, Google Books, Web of Science, Google, Google Scholar, etc.)
As you find your sources, fill out the synthesis matrix by documenting the source title and how that source relates to your main themes.