Step One: Find the literature relevant to your question

The first step is to see what "we" already know about your problem/issue/question:

Google Scholar is a primary source as is your library/librarian.

Check with your teaching center - they often have resource libraries!

There are often teaching books on your topic of interest:


Bain, Ken. (2004). What the Best College Teachers Do. Boston: Harvard University Press.

Fink, L. Dee. (2013). Creating Significant Learning Experiences. Jossey-Bass.

Nilson, Linda, B. (2010). Teaching at its Best. Jossey-Bass.

Other sources for SoTL research are:

List of general SoTL journals

Resources for SoTL in STEM