The key point where all research starts is with the research proposal and the design of the research. This essentially is your road map to a successful thesis completion. In this initiating phase of your project, you will establish your research question or hypothesis and map out how you will provide the evidence base to respond or test your question/hypothesis.
For your 6 month confirmation, you will need to have this proposal well developed.
In this section you will find some suggested books that discuss how to design research.
If you enter "research design" and your discipline area into Library Search you are likely to find a range of books and journal articles that will help you to begin this process.