There are several important factors in writing a good research paper which are seldom mentioned. Here they are:
What will happen is that you will be able to read only a miniscule portion of the material available on the topic. Without very expert guidance you will not read the key material in the field. The topic will be too large for you to address. You can't even cover the facts of such a huge topic.
Reading just a few sources you will probably end up with a skewed, or even incorrect, idea of your topic. You won't know who the key authors and publications are in the field. You won't know the different issues and interpretations of the facts in the field. You won't even know how much of a literature about the field exists.
In fact, you will be as ignorant, or even more ignorant (because you have the WRONG facts), as when you began.
The result will be a paper which sounds like a high school student wrote it. Amateurish, ignorant, clueless.
Doing a good job is the route to promotion. Reading everything about the topic is the route to really KNOWING about the topic.
If you insist on an extremely narrow topic you can read everything that has been written about it. You can become an authority, an expert, on that topic. You will know all the key publications, the key authors in the field, the key issues being discussed in the field, the shape and availability of the literature on the field. You will be able to compare the quality of research and writing among the various people working in the field.
The only way to really know a subject is to "soak in the literature." That means reading everything. That means working on a narrow, narrow topic.
There are two approaches when you have been assigned too much. One is to start reading and make progressive reports, stressing that this is just the tip of the iceburg and you don't know yet what else will turn up.
The other approach is to break the subject into small topics and really research one at a time. The reports you write on these smaller topics will impress on the boss both your expertise and the necessity of allowing you a lot more time to explore the REST of the subject.
Sure, they can quote from the articles. But what is the point of quoting from the articles? People can go read the articles for themselves!
The real object of a research paper is to review the entire literature on a topic and then discuss YOUR views on the various issues in the field, the quality of the research, the quality of the authors, connections between various people's articles and ideas. You should ADD something NEW to what already exists.
Nothing will make you a hero in the office more than exposing the REAL FACTS of a situation. Good research can save the day, and get YOU a promotion! Poor research... you can fill in the blanks.
After all your research, you should ANSWER the question in the paper. Say what the question is in the beginning of the paper. Then give your answer. Then explain, based on your research, why you came to the conclusion that you did.
The BEST ideas, however, usually come to most people--real CLARITY about the topic--after several re-writes of the paper. This takes time and work. Give yourself enough of both and you will turn out an outstanding paper for which you can be proud.