Starting research with a thesis statement could very well impact your writing in many ways, the University of Maryland states that “the thesis should be developed as soon as source collections get underway” Although the thesis may change over time. As you start your thesis you could help show the bigger picture by presenting the thesis as a question. It is ok to start your thesis as soon as background knowledge is presented.
Not knowing the answers or having the answers presented to you benefits you more than you know. Many people expand their knowledge learning as well as using there tools to engage in the sense of wonder in improving ourselves.
I research by looking up the topic presented and jotting down key vocabulary and defining it. I also highlight important information such as percentages or key facts. Reading through the whole article and actually having a sense of understanding behind what your reading.