Research Process Questionnaire
What is research and its purpose in academic writing? What qualifies as effective research?
Research is a method of gathering information in order to establish facts or reach new conclusions. Research is comprised of reading sources in a critical manner in order to glean credible information, extensively taking notes, and developing ideas based on the information obtained. The purpose of research in academic writing is to produce thoroughly credible and complete papers which extend beyond the generalization of a topic to uncover underlying complex ideology and reasoning of the issue. Research that is correctly cited, thoroughly investigated, and clearly expressed qualifies as effective research. Exercising critical thinking and reading skills will ensure effective research.
Explain basic research terminology and the various directions of research.
The basic research terminologies are evaluation, interpretation, definition, proposal, casual argument, comparison, analogy, precedence, and implications. An evaluation is the result of the formation of clear criteria of judgment and an explanation of how the subject meets the criteria, while an interpretation offers an answer to question “What does it mean?” These approaches can be applied to literature, history, and fine art assignments. A casual argument points out that a condition exists because of specific circumstances, a comparison equates a subject with another subject, and an analogy provides a figurative relationship with which to draw similarities from. A search for precedence is the quest to obtain knowledge about well-established customs or conventions in order to base a point upon, and a proposal is a call for action. These methods can be applied in the realms of education, psychology, political science, and other social sciences. Finally, implications are situations that may arise based upon the information found in scientific research, usually from tests or...