Research is a situation where you have a question or problem and you need information to resolve it.
Research happens all the time in everyday life. Some common situations that usually involve research include:
Public libraries help many people in these situations every day.
Research in everyday life is open ended. You decide:
Research in school settings is typically more structured than research for everyday life.
As a student researcher, some decisions are made for you through your research assignments. You might be asked to:
The assignment structures your learning so you can focus on mastering one piece of the research process at a time. Your assignment might specify:
Often, assignments allow you to choose your own topic while still stating expectations about what kind of sources to include, what citation format to use, and so forth.
Opportunities to conduct independent research as an undergraduate or graduate student can be exhilarating and anxiety-producing. Capstone and thesis projects are often the first time you get to take responsibility for the full range of decisions about your research.
However structured your project, attributes of initiative, patience and openness to learning are key to your success as a researcher."P1110615" by technicolours is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
When you learn new things, you are being changed in at least one of three ways:
Affective - what you feel
Behavioral - what you do
Cognitive - what you know
As you get more experience with research, you can expect to grow in each of these areas. You'll feel more confident, you'll be able to execute a variety of strategies, and you'll come to know more about your topics in less time.
Becoming a better researcher takes time and the road can get bumpy, but it's worth it.
Keep a diary for one week.
Try to write down all the times that you needed to find information to answer a question in everyday life or for school.
At the end of the week, look back over your journal. What kind of patterns can you observe? How often were you successful at finding what you needed?