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What is Research?

From "recercher" (Old French), meaning "to search closely". 

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General

Advanced Research

Advanced research differs from beginning research in several imporatnt ways. It is more..

  • Sophisticated
  • Scholalary
  • Specific (narrow focus)

and it uses more specialized research tools and techniques.

Four Areas of Research

Advanced research is done differently in different disciplines. but there are similarities within these broad categories.

  • Humanities - History, Religion, 
  • Sciences - Biology, Kinesiology, Nursing
  • Social Sciences - Business, Psychology, Sociology, Economic, Criminal Justice
  • Fine Arts - Art, Interior Design, Music, Theatre

Note: Fine Arts are often included in the Humanities. Other disciplines may also be categorized differently.

Two Most Popular Types of Research Papers

Argumentative - Here the researcher takes a stance on a topic such as abortion, gun control, or minimum wage laws, sometimes through a thesis statement, and then presents his or her argument.

Analytical -  Here the researcher examines a topic from a neutral point of view. 

Beginning vs. Advanced Researchers

Beginners Advanced

Beginners Advanced
Lots of Secondary Sources. Lots of Primary Sources.
Equate "research" with the literary review. Begin "research" with the literary review.
A research paper is closed ended. A research paper is the beginning.
Read a text once. Re-read texts for additional insights.
Research papers are something to be finished. Research papers are only finished due to time restraints.
Deadline driven behavior. Knowledge-seeking behavior.
Settles for minimum number of sources. Constantly seeking additional sources.
No personal library. Large personal library.
Posseses a beginner's understanding of the discipline.  Possesses an advanced understanding of the discipline and how the parts relate to each other and the whole. 
Unfamiliarity with the research tools of the discipline. Familiarity with the research tools of the discipline.
Unfamiliarity with the research techniques of the discipline. Familiarity with the research techniques of the discipline. 

Research Project Calculator

The Research Project Calculator will help you plan out WHEN you should have parts of your project completed.  It will help with these types of projects:

  • Written Assignment or Essay
  • Oral Presentation with Electronic Slides
  • Video Assignment

You can create a brand new plan or use a template.  If you create an account, you can to save & share your assignments, take notes, receive email reminders, and more.

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