I'm an engineering student. I have to create a 20 page research paper on a topic that is new to me. I have to hand it in in about 3.5 weeks. I looked at the initial papers that my supervisor recommended to me today. Maybe I'm insanely impatient but reading papers with tonnes of terms that I don't understand is immensely frustrating for me. I don't even have any interest in engineering any way (in my country you can't switch majors after starting them). And obviously academic papers are written for people who understand what's going on. Do you have any advice for getting started? My supervisor wants me to do a bit of original work as well, not just review. Do the initial stages of learning a new topic always come with a lot of head bashing against the desk until you understand?