To use cheat engine with out problems i would play the game in window mode that way you can switch back and forth between the too with no problems.
Most of the of values are 4 byte values.
for instance lets says you have 4 gold
that would technically be 0400 in CE
Do a initial search for unknown value
then search for value between 0400 and 0499 ( the same would apply to research points and anything else for that matter)
and lets say your gold increase is +2 for that turn and now you have 6 gold after the last turn
your next search would be 0600 and 0699 continue till you find
the value should 0600 with 2 zeros behind it; since this is in memory they first 0 wont show up so it would look like 400 and 600 but don't forget that is 4 bytes so its 0400.
as for research points its the same check where your research is at lets say your sitting at 300/600 for the current research and you make 19 per turn(keep that in mind)
do a new search- then search unknown value- then search for a value between 30000-30099 ( yes that's right its 30000 since this is 4 bytes the last 2 zeros are for the 2 places after a decimal in the game i.e.(300.00) lets say for a construction site where you have 25.75/100 complete you would search for a value between 2575-2599) hope that doesn't confuse you. You would continue the process till you find your value that you are looking for.
I hope this helps...
Pm me if I confused you
[Edited by idblackdragoon, 3/13/2013 5:30:41 PM]
One thing to add, is that for the research and construction its a one time use. Once you used up all the points you gave yourself for that research and construction you would have to search for the new values again, they would stored in a different spot.