Throughout your travels in Starfield, you will find items and materials that allow you to start Research Projects to learn more about them. These items are located in your Resource tab, not in Miscellaneous.
Research Lab Locations
Once you have accessed the Research Lab, you will see a list of Research Categories to choose from. Each category has a list of Research Projects which you can browse through by using [A] on an Xbox controller or [E] on PC.
After selecting the Research Project you want to work on, you will see the Required Materials and Required Skills needed. The Required Materials will flash with a message indicating they are available in your Inventory.
Each Research Material will need to be submitted to make progress.
After all the needed Materials are confirmed, you will be prompted that your research project is now complete.
After completing a Research Project, a higher rank of that project will become available.
You can unlock these higher rank Research Projects by meeting the missing requirements listed for that project.
Tips for Researching
You can also unlock the Research Methods skill to make researching easier.