SeaFall, p16 wrote:
Note: You cannot research at the start of SeaFall. There are no maps or charts at the start of the campaign as you have not begun to explore the world.
Pay three gold to draw one research card. Advisors with Research +X
allow you to draw X additional cards at no extra cost. Choose one
drawn research card to keep and place it face up in your treasure room.
Dismiss the other cards.
Research cards are kept from game to game, and are only dismissed
after you use them.
Then there's a "Rule 14" that presumably gets added at some point. But the above seems fairly clear to me -- just use the research action under the Explorer's guild.