Record all the information you know about an object as well as questions you have. Keep a research journal to note your discoveries and questions. Later, you can use it to document your research process as well. Some questions to ask include, "Who made the object? What was its use? What was happening socially or politically in the society in which it was created? Does it relate to an artistic period or style? It is a researcher's job to determine how the object is contextualized, thus creating new information and interpretations.
Fill out the attached worksheet to start your discovery process.