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The Research Process: Research Process

How to research your project or paper

What Exactly IS Research?

Research is:

  • Driven by a question or problem that then guides the process
  • Seeking information with a clear goal in mind
  • A process, which works best when done step- by-step. The steps may need to be repeated, as the process is reiterative
  • Collection and interpretation of data in an attempt to resolve the problem or answer the question
  • Going beyond facts and old ideas
  • Taking a new look at the information and taking a stand

Research is not:

  • Copying and pasting information you find through a Google search
  • Combining a paragraph from one article with a couple of paragraphs from websites. That's plagiarism.
  • Writing a "report"
  • Rearranging facts
  • Rewording each phrase and citing each source. That's just a summary of facts with someone else's name on them and still can be classified as plagiarism.

Words for the wise student:

  • Remember, begin with a "wide net" in your search and then narrow your search results from there. You will generally find more information than with a very narrow search.
  • Don't wear "blinders" as you look for information on your topic. If you only look for specific information to answer a specific question, you may miss many opportunities to broaden your understanding of your topic.
  • Allow for surprises- you may find your views on your topic will change and take you in an entirely new direction.
  • Remember that research is searching again and again (re - search).
  • In the process of doing research, you will be looking at information that others have looked at before, trying to see something that they have not seen.

Food for Thought

"Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future."

Brian Tracy

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

Zora Neale Hurston

Why is Research Important?

Why is conducting your own research important? Because you're on a search for facts, ideas, events, that you can learn from. Finding things out for yourself is a journey worth taking, because it leads to knowledge. Watch the video below to see for yourself why you don't always want to take someone else's word for it.

 

TopTrending.com (2015, Feb. 25). 10 Things You Thought Were True, But Aren't. [Video File]. Retrieved Sept. 16, 2015 from https://www.youtube/watch?t=3&v=VoBxyXUR8s

 

Graham Wilson. (2014, June 5). Why research is so important? [Video File]. Retrieved Sept. 16, 2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuVGo3AJhqA