Methods of Research
Wikipedia (not a scholarly source) defines research as “the systematic investigation into existing or new knowledge. It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories”
I’m sure everyone is either deep in the research process, or have already found what they have been looking for to make writing their final paper a bit easier. I know that my project has been specifically hard to do research for. It seems that the question we are asking has simply never been asked before. But I have also heard opposite complaints, that some people have found an excess of information, and have to rethink their thesis to be more specific. So I ask, where do you stand? Are you finding/have you found the research process to be hard? Easy? Have you found too much? Too little? Is there anyone out there who found something perfect on the first try?
Research can also take many forms. For one of my classes, I frequented the National Archives to do my research, and rarely used the internet. For this class, on the other hand, I am using mostly the internet. I have gone to Gelman once to get a book that seemed interesting, and was surprised to see that we actually have a nice section of books on Science Communication. How has everyone else been doing their research? Am I the only one who went to Gelman? Or is it the other way round? And has anyone done anything else?
Well, time to go do some more research. I hope the little comic there cheered some of you up! Good Luck!