In the course work is supposed to justify (or prove) the idea you have selected. To do it competently, you need to get acquainted with the main literature on the subject and get oriented in the problems. Here, for the first time, you will really have to use your analytical abilities.
Familiarization with the literature usually begins with viewing your own abstracts on the selected topic, and then with new material relating to the problem under study. The study of new scientific sources makes us take a fresh look at the subject under study.
As you already understood when writing abstracts, every topic has a main source, which must be thoroughly studied. The source is issued in accordance with academic requirements, so there must necessarily be an introductory, final article and commentary. The paper writer of the introduction, as a rule, is one of the main specialists on this issue, and in the comments one can learn a lot about other authors. Then you need to go to the library and read some publication of this author.
In it, for sure, there will be many footnotes on monographs and articles on the subject of interest to you. Write them out and check for availability in the library. At the same time, do not interfere with writing out the main ideas contained in them. The main thing for you is the discrepancy between the authors. You can always find two points of view on the subject and the main stages of his research.
Then comes the turn of the catalog: you have to find the corresponding section and view the cards. There you can also find the necessary books and put them in your own file cabinet, which is not only useful for writing course work, but also will save time in subsequent studies.
Now, finding out the minimum, you can go to a consultation and talk with the teacher on the course. You can name the problems solved by scientists, and show their awareness in them. Most of all the teacher loves not even the knowledge of his own works, but the understanding of the complexity of the problem of interest to him and the differences in approaches to its solution.