Leann is a freelance qualitative researcher. She has been involved in projects related to gender, labor, and other social issues.
Why Is Research Important?
The main purpose of research is to inform action, to prove a theory, and contribute to developing knowledge in a field or study. This article will highlight the significance of research with the following points:
- A Tool for Building Knowledge and for Facilitating Learning
- Means to Understand Various Issues and Increase Public Awareness
- An Aid to Business Success
- A Way to Prove Lies and to Support Truths
- Means to Find, Gauge, and Seize Opportunities
- A Seed to Love Reading, Writing, Analyzing, and Sharing Valuable Information
- Nourishment and Exercise for the Mind
Finding reasons why research is important seems like a no-brainer, but many people avoid getting involved in research. The lazy (if not mentally-drained) student is probably thinking - "Oh, no. Not again," while a disinterested academic could just be doing it for to secure job tenure and/or a promotion. Yet, for those who like to learn, whether they are members of a learning institution or not, doing research is not just an imperative, but a need.
What reasons may drive one to appreciate research and to engage in it?
1. A Tool for Building Knowledge and for Facilitating Learning
Research is required not just for students and academics, but for all professionals and nonprofessionals alike. It is also important for budding and veteran writers, both offline and online.
For nonprofessionals who value learning, doing research equips them with knowledge about the world and skills to survive and improve their lives. Among professionals and scribes, on the other hand, finding an interesting topic to discuss and/or to write about should go beyond personal experience. Determining either what the general public may want to know or what researchers want others to realize or to think about can serve as a reason to do research. Thus, research is an essential component in generating knowledge and vice-versa.
"Knowledge" basically pertains to facts based on objective insights and/or study findings processed by the human brain. It can be acquired through various ways, such as reading books and online articles, listening to experts, watching documentaries or investigative shows, conducting scientific experiments, and interacting with other people, among others. These facts can be checked to ensure truthfulness and accuracy.
In epistemology, Yale University's David Truncellito (n.d.) identifies three kinds of knowledge: procedural (competence or know-how), acquaintance (familiarity), and propositional (description of "a fact or a state of affairs"). A factual proposition is commonly used to define "knowledge".
The Brain Research UK (formerly Brain Research Trust), a medical research charity base in the United Kingdom, acknowledges the importance of research in building knowledge. It sees research as crucial to finding possible cures for diseases, as well as how to prevent them. Thus, research becomes a must to ascertain if one’s ideas are supported by previous studies or if these ideas still need further proof to be considered as knowledge.
An example of such endeavor is the 2016 study of several psychologists who examined how sleep affects memory reactivation. In "Relearn Faster and Retain Longer: Along With Practice, Sleep Makes Perfect", they "found that interleaving sleep between learning sessions not only reduced the amount of practice needed by half but also ensured much better long-term retention. Sleeping after learning is definitely a good strategy, but sleeping between two learning sessions is a better strategy." This study supports the fact that: "Both repeated practice and sleep improve long-term retention of information". Their findings also emphasize how highly important sleep is to healthy brain function.
A study by The World Bank in 2006 also underscored sleep as a key factor of efficient learning or the process of gaining optimal learning using few resources. The study reiterated the role of sleep in: (1) protecting and restoring memory, (2) advanced learning, and (3) enhancing mathematical ability and problem solving. It further noted that "knowledge is better consolidated when people study at the time when they are supposed to be awake rather than, say, late-night sessions." It cited the need for research on "the memory capacity of the poor in low-income countries" to enable teachers in helping underprivileged students learn basic skills.
Said studies on the effects of sleep on the human brain are among the many topics that have already been examined by academics and specialists in various universities and medical institutions. A myriad of research ideas likewise awaits the attention of avid scholars and inquisitive writers. Indeed, research is instrumental in building and improving knowledge, as well as in supporting such knowledge with verifiable facts and facilitate learning in the process.
Find Research Findings in Academic Journals
2. Means to Understand Various Issues and Increase Public Awareness
Television shows and movies ooze with research - both on the part of the writer(s) and the actors. Though there are hosts who rely on their researchers, there are also those who exert effort to do their own research. This step helps them:
- get information that hired researchers missed,
- build a good rapport with the interviewee, and
- conduct a good interview in the process
For instance, Oprah Winfrey would have not achieved remarkable success as a news anchor and television show host had she eschewed doing her own research about certain topics and public figures. According to entrepreneur and lifestyle coach Paul C. Brunson, in his interview with emotional intelligence expert and author Justin Bariso (2017), "Oprah spends a disproportionate amount of her time gathering information from communities of people outside of her core (different age groups, social classes, ethnicities, education levels, careers, etc.) and then she shares that information within her community." This kind of effort shows the necessary role of research in helping others and in raising social consciousness.
For their part, some film and TV actors would take time to interview detectives, boxers, scientists, business owners, criminals, and teachers, among others. Others even go through immersion to make them understand the issues of their respective characters better, such as living in jail or in a drug rehabilitation center. Many would read literature, biographies, or journals to have a better view or context of the story.
In her 2017 article about Daniel Day-Lewis, Lynn Hirschberg described how the multi-awarded actor prepared for his role as dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas Anderson's film, Phantom Thread. She wrote:
"To become Woodcock, Day-Lewis, who is 60, watched archival footage of fashion shows from the 1940s and ’50s, studied the lives of designers, and most important, learned to sew. He consulted with Cassie Davies-Strodder, then curator of fashion and textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London. And for many months he apprenticed under Marc Happel, who is head of the costume department at the New York City Ballet, watching intently and then helping to reconstruct the famous Marc Chagall costumes for a production of Firebird. At the end of the ballet season, Day-Lewis decided he needed to build a couture piece from scratch."
Many people within and outside the entertainment industry tend to belittle what actors do or acting itself. However, professional thespians like Daniel Day-Lewis exert a great deal of effort to make their characters believable. The dedication they give to studying their roles involves a tremendous amount of research.
A number of films, theater plays, broadcast dramas, and online videos present stories based on real-life events and problems. A serious writer or content producer sees how vital research is in substantiating the context of the featured stories to entertain and/or educate audiences in different media platforms.
As Terry Freedman opined in "The Importance of Research for ICT Teachers" (2011): "Research can shed light on issues we didn’t even know existed, and can raise questions we hadn’t realised even needed asking." Thus, almost all writers of imaginary tales and non-fictive accounts do research, for doing so helps them create a good story and/or achieve strong credibility.
3. An Aid to Business Success
Research benefits business. Many successful companies, such as those producing consumer goods or mass-market items, invest in research and development or R&D. Different business industries with science and engineering processes like agriculture, food and beverage, manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, computer software, semiconductor, information and communication technology, construction, robotics, aerospace, aviation, and energy have high R&D expenditure because it is critical to product innovation and to improving services.
R&D also helps secure a vantage point over competitors. Finding out how to make things happen and what could differentiate them from others that offer similar products and services can raise the company’s market value. Certainly, having relevant knowledge in achieving a good commercial image through sound business strategies like investing in R&D can boost its profitability.
In addition, R&D is essential to supporting a country's economy. For instance, the United Kingdom's Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), now known as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, used to publish an annual R&D Scoreboard. The report served "...as a benchmarking tool for companies, investors and policymakers" for 20 years. However, due to the UK government's austerity measures, it was last produced in 2010.
The Role of Research in Fueling Market Economies
4. A Way to Prove Lies and to Support Truths
Ever experienced feeling that your mate is having an affair behind your back? Some people would overlook that and say that it's better not to know; others though would take discreet action, hiring detectives to do the work. What does research have to do with that situation? A lot.
Doing research to reveal lies or truths involving personal affairs contributes in either making a relationship work or in breaking away from a dysfunctional one. For the monogamous lot, doing research to disprove or prove infidelity is not simply a trust issue, but a right to find out the truth - unless one's intimate partner has already admitted being polyamorous even before the relationship started. When a person dislikes answering relationship-related questions, including her or his whereabouts, it is better to see that as a red flag and take baby steps to save yourself from what could become a more serious emotional mess later.
Scientists also deal with research to test the validity and reliability of their claims or those of other scientists'. Their integrity and competence depend on the quality - and not just quantity - of their research. Nonetheless, not everything scientists come up with get accepted or learned by everyone, especially when factors like religion, state suppression, and access to resources and social services (e.g., education and adequate health programs) either feed the poor majority with lies or deter them from knowing truths to preserve the status quo.
Professional and credible journalists undertake thorough research to establish the veracity of their stories. The movie "Shattered Glass" shown in 2003 tells the rise-and-fall story of a real-life journalist who worked for the The New Republic based in New York City. Sans investigative research done by fellow journalists, Stephen Glass could have written more fictitious pieces for said editorial magazine.
With the use of internet technology and social media, pseudo journalism has become a social concern. Fake news took center stage during the 2016 presidential campaign period in the United States. For instance, Snopes.com, a rumor research site, debunked the following "scoops" posted online:
- An FBI agent believed to be responsible for the latest email leaks “pertinent to the investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was Secretary of State, was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide... (Reported on November 5, 2016 by the Denver Guardian)
- In a final speech to the synod, Pope Francis endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States... (Reported on October 26, 2015 by the National Report and USAToday.com.co)
- Thousands of pre-marked ballots for Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates were found in a warehouse in Ohio. (Reported on September 30, 2016 by the Christian Times Newspaper)
- Assange: Bernie Sanders Was Threatened To Drop Out Of The Race (Reported on August 29, 2016 by USA Supreme)
- News outlets around the world are reporting on the news that Pope Francis has made the unprecedented decision to endorse a US presidential candidate. His statement in support of Donald Trump... (Reported in July 2016 by the WTOE 5 News)
- After Gay Club Massacre - Phoenix LGBT Officially Endorses Trump (Reported on June 13, 2016 by the Gateway Pundit)
- African-American supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has died after allegedly sustaining gunshot wounds in the aftermath of Friday night's chaos in Chicago. (Reported on March 12, 2016 by the Christian Times Newspaper)
According to Pew Research, social media, especially Facebook, serve as the source of news for over 60 percent of adult Americans (Chang, Lefferman, Pedersen & Martz, 2016). Besides the platform, fake news have become profitable for pseudo journalists whose main goal is to attract reader clicks that lead to Google Adsense revenues.
Fact-checking to know the truth is integral to the process of research, for it is fueled by an inquisitive and critical mind. Murray, Social News and UGC Hub (2016) suggest that before news readers share information on social media, they need to assess the integrity of the news source and check for similar news on legitimate media outlets.
Genuine journalists do not rely on imagination for their news reports nor do they avoid doing research. They eschew propaganda and have no intention of misleading the public. They are messengers of truth, not lies.
5. Means to Find, Gauge, and Seize Opportunities
Research helps people nurture their potential and achieve goals through various opportunities. These can be in the form of securing employment, scholarships, training grants, project funding, business collaboration, and budget traveling, among others.
For those looking for a job or for greener pastures, research is necessary. Through this process, not only will the unemployed increase their chances of finding potential employers either through job posting sites or employment agencies, but it can inform them if work opportunities are legitimate. Without research, the gullible, yet hopeful jobseeker or migrant worker may fall prey to unscrupulous headhunters who might be involved in illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking.
After finding a free or low-cost academic course or skills development training, students and professionals can assess their eligibility and know about application requirements and deadlines. Such an opportunity could hone their skills and knowledge, as well as enable them to build new connections.
Doing research also benefit civil society and its members. Funding for projects and research initiatives has been a top concern for those who want to address social issues. However, not all funding organizations accept proposals year-long nor are they interested in solving many social problems. Thus, it is necessary to research for agencies that match the objectives of individuals and non-profits involved in advocacy or programs that seek social change.
A wannabe business owner can likewise meet potential investors through research. He/She can examine their profiles and they can do the same. A good fit in terms of vision, mission, goals and work ethic, as well as the capital needed to launch the business is critical to making the opportunity succeed for both.
Some hobbies and interests are expensive to pursue. One of these is traveling. For budget-conscious tourists, searching for airfare and hotel promos, discount rides, and cheap markets is certainly a must to maximize the value of their money.
Seizing opportunities can broaden one's social network, raise one's awareness, or secure the support one direly needs to start a project or a business. Indeed, research contributes to a person's ability to make life-changing decisions. It encourages self-growth, participation in worthwhile causes, and living productively.
Seek Opportunities Through Online Research
6. A Seed to Love Reading, Writing, Analyzing, and Sharing Valuable Information
Research entails both reading and writing. These two literacy functions help enable computation and comprehension. Without these skills, it is less likely for anyone to appreciate and get involved in research. Reading opens the mind to a vast horizon of knowledge, while writing helps a reader use her/his own perspective and transform this into a more concrete idea that s/he understands.
Apart from reading and writing, listening and speaking are also integral in conducting research. Interviews, attending knowledge-generating events, and casual talks with anyone certainly aid in formulating research topics. They can also facilitate the critical thinking process. Listening to experts discuss the merits of their studies helps the listener to analyze a certain issue and write about such analysis.
With the wide array of ideas available, scholars and non-scholars involved in research are able to share information with a larger audience. Some view this process as ego-boosting, while others see it as a means to stimulate interest and encourage further studies about certain issues or situations.
As literacy is integral in improving a person's social and economic mobility and in increasing awareness, research then hones necessary basic life skills and makes learning a life-long endeavor.
7. Nourishment and Exercise for the Mind
Curiosity may kill not just the cat, but the human as well. Yet, it is the same curiosity that fuels the mind to seek for answers. The College Admissions Partners (n.d.) notes how scientific research in particular "helps students develop critical reasoning skills...helpful for any field of higher education..." Such search or the thinking process is food for the brain, allowing creativity and logic to remain active. It also helps prevent mental illnesses like Alzheimer's.
Several studies have shown that mentally stimulating activities like doing research can contribute to brain health. In "Educating the Brain to Avoid Dementia: Can Mental Exercise Prevent Alzheimer Disease?", Margaret Gatz (2005) enumerated research findings that support such position. However, she also noted that there may be other factors involved in averting said mental problem. One of these is intelligence. A study involving 11 year-old pupils in Scotland in 2000, for instance, pointed to intelligence quotient (IQ) scores as "predictive of future dementia risk". Gatz opined that clinical trials are needed and that "conclusions must be based on large samples, followed over a long period of time." She further posited:
"...we have little evidence that mental practice will help prevent the development of dementia. We have better evidence that good brain health is multiply determined, that brain development early in life matters, and that genetic influences are of great importance in accounting for individual differences in cognitive reserve and in explaining who develops Alzheimer disease and who does not...
For older adults, health practices that could influence the brain include sound nutrition, sufficient sleep, stress management, treatment of mood or anxiety disorders, good vascular health, physical exercise, and avoidance of head trauma. But there is no convincing evidence that memory practice and other cognitively stimulating activities are sufficient to prevent Alzheimer disease; it is not just a case of “use it or lose it.”"
Gatz would have not formed such perspective if she failed to conduct her own research about the effects of mentally stimulating activities on the human brain. This demonstrates how research can be both an exciting and challenging cerebral endeavor. Various studies may or may not support each other based on gathered information and/or other evidence. Data collection and analysis are vital aspects of the research process. These are mental activities that both expend brain energy and nurture brain health.
Indeed, research and doing research encourage people to explore possibilities, to understand existing issues, and to disclose truths and fabricated ones. Without research, technological advancement and other developments could have remained a fantasy. Reading, writing, observing, analyzing, and social interaction facilitate an inquisitive mind's quest for knowledge, learning, and wisdom. Research serves as a bridge to achieve that goal.
Research Basics for High School Students by Journal Storage (JSTOR)
How to Conduct Research for Beginners
Research is about contributing to a growing pool of knowledge and information. Although we inherently are curious as kids and young adults, there is a methodology for conducting research. Use the following tips to get you started:
Organize and prioritize your available resources. It is important to set out a suitable timeframe for your project and to assemble all the necessary literature, source of information (computer/internet), and financial budget.
Identify the central question that will be explored in your paper. Generally, there is only one research question per project, but if your project prompts you to engage with several different questions then you should write several papers. For example, you may write a paper on both the impact and the validity of a written consent agreement form at a medical facility. Strong research questions are specific, original, and relevant to society and the scientific community.
Research existing literature on the appropriate database related to your topic. Scientific journals are a good place to start. Identify the contribution that each study provides in the context of your research question. Examine relationships and methods of interpretation of the data through a careful lens.
Elements of a Research Paper
Summarize your purpose and design.
Use less than 300 words.
State the problem.
Review relevant literature.
Discuss your study design including any instruments you will be using.
Outline the strategy you will use to analyze the data.
Restate your research question
Describe your findings.
Discuss your findings in the context of your overall question as well as previous literature and research.
Make suggestions for future research projects on the subject.
Restate your thesis.
Summarize the main points.
Common Errors Involved in Research
Designing a research project and writing a paper is no simple feat. Participants should be ready to dedicate an ample amount of time and dedication to avoid burnout or overwhelming themselves. Here are some common mistakes that are made in both the set-up of the project and the research paper.
Errors in the Research Process
- Population mistakes are as avoidable as they are common in research. It would be helpful if you define the characteristics of the group that you wish to be included in your project and specify the population for your question. For example, it would probably be more beneficial to survey women about their likelihood that they talk through their problems as opposed to men.
- Sampling mistakes are another common research issue.. Be sure to broaden the sample if you feel as though it is too small toe generalize. For example, if 10% of therapists at Happy Clinic are dependent on marijuana, this does not mean that 10% of therapists in the nation are as well.
- The Sample Selection process is another potential research issue. If you were randomly choosing participants in person, let’s say the mall, you would not want to only seek participants who are receptive and agreeable. These are usually your friends and acquaintances whose characteristics are similar to yours. Replace your non-probability selection method with true random samples from a defined population. These are usually the most scientifically sound.
Common Errors Associated With Research Papers
- The research question or aim is vague or is not specific enough.
- The structure of the paper is unorganized.
- The introduction is an extensive list of previous findings.
- Tables do not relate to the main question.
- The method and results sections are not defined in detail.
- The discussion does not answer the stated research question.
Ways to Improve Research Skills
Are you interested in further developing your ability to do research? Try the following steps:
- Read hard copy and electronic books about research. If you do not have a computer with Internet connection, you can go to the library, a nearby bookstore, or ask a close friend or relative to lend you her/his smartphone or laptop so you could look for books or articles about research. If you have access to the Internet, you can watch online tutorial videos on research. High school students can learn from this presentation, for instance:
Make Reading Books a Habit
- Watch films and read different kinds of books, fiction and otherwise. These sources can ignite your curiosity and drive you to seek more information. You might want to jot down notes about the topics discussed and/or what you have learned. You might wonder why this is part of the research process. Watching movies, reading books, and writing various stuff hone your comprehension and ability to analyze. These can improve your vocabulary and aid you in finding your voice as a researcher.
For those who intend to be full-fledged researchers, consider doing these steps:
- Attend training-seminars, workshops, and conferences aimed at deepening your knowledge and honing your skills in doing research. These events are conducted by various organizations, particularly universities and "think tank" agencies. Use search engines to look for these opportunities, as well as for scholarships that could help you finance your participation in these activities.
- Search for reputable researchers in your field of interest, especially if you plan to pursue postgraduate studies. You could email an academic, a scientist, or another professional to inquire about their opinion on your thesis or dissertation topic. Having a research mentor can help you gain a broader understanding of what research is all about. He or She can likewise enrich your experience and insights as a researcher.
The human quest to seek knowledge, satisfy one's sense of wonder, develop more abilities, connect with others, and understand society is integral to research. Perpetuating truths, as well as debunking lies and myths require inquisitive minds and priceless integrity. As the world continues to evolve, doing research becomes more important as a skill with enduring rewards.
NOTE: Some technical glitch has occurred in the presentation of the poll. The last answer choice in the list is "Huh?" It may mean either you do not understand the contents of the article or you have a substantial distaste for doing research.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: To invest in research is to invest in a better future. Does this statement sound true? If so, justify your answer.
Answer: It is true. If you have read my hub, you would be able to discern why. It is important that you think of the answer yourself, as it will help you improve your analytical skills.
Question: What are the purposes of research?
Answer: My hub somehow answers your question. The purpose also depends on your objectives or target goals for pursuing a certain research topic.
Question: How does research contribute to quality education?
Answer: My article is not about quality education, but it talks about the importance of research in general, including its role in generating knowledge and in facilitating effective learning. Please read my article, if you have time. Doing so might be able to help you gain some insights and think of the answer to your question. You might want to ponder on your definition of "quality education" and look for studies and other references discussing it.
Question: What is the concept of research?
Answer: The concept of research depends on your objectives for doing it. Research is essentially an intellectual process that helps you examine a certain phenomenon or topic based on personal, academic, and/or corporate interests. There are different methodologies and tools for doing it. Please conduct further research to help you answer your question.
Question: What is the role of research in development?
Answer: Research is critical in various development endeavors. Economic development requires determining what factors affect market forces and business environment, including laws that may either block or boost investments. Organizational development likewise entails identifying what policies are either beneficial or detrimental to achieving institutional goals. Personal development also involves finding useful public and private resources that may help an individual improve his/her skills and knowledge. Attaining development is challenging, and doing research allows stakeholders to gain necessary information and insights as they pursue set targets.
Thanks for the question. If you need an answer with citation, I highly encourage you to do your own research and develop your skills and knowledge as a researcher.
Question: What are the main objectives of doing research?
Answer: My hub provides several reasons as to why doing research is essential in general, including (1) to build knowledge and facilitate efficient learning, (2) to understand various issues, (3) to know the truth and prove lies, and (4) to seek opportunities, among others. It somehow answers your question. However, if you are referring to a certain topic, then it does not provide the primary objectives based on the topic of your research. In this case, the main objectives largely depend on the reasons why you would like to do that particular research.
Question: Can you give offer some examples that describe number six?
Answer: 6. A Seed to Love Reading, Writing, Analyzing, and Sharing Valuable Information
When your teacher asks you to research a topic that you want, think of topics that you find interesting. If you are into anime, for instance, take steps to know more about anime. Knowing about anime goes beyond merely watching it. If you read about anime, write about what you read, analyze the nature of anime, and then share your findings. That's only one order of actions taken by a researcher.
There are people who initially write what they know about a certain topic like space exploration, while others analyze a situation or an issue first before reading and writing about it. Some researchers use previous studies as a take-off point in doing further research about a topic, primarily to determine if their study or experiment will reach or replicate the same findings or conclusions.
I hope what I said has somehow answered your query. Otherwise, you might want to research further the connection between researching reading, writing, analyzing, and sharing one's knowledge with other people.
Question: What is the role of research in society?
Answer: Research is critical to societal development. It generates knowledge, provides useful information, and helps decision-making, among others.
Question: What is the importance of identifying a problem in doing research?
Answer: Some people do research out of curiosity, while others do it because it is part of their job. Identifying a problem provides a basis for doing research. It also helps in figuring out the objectives and limitations of the research. These are just what I can think of at the moment. If you want an answer with citation, I encourage you to do further research related to your question.
Question: What are the subheadings of a research report?
Answer: My hub is about why doing research is important. It is not about how to write a research report and its different parts. This could be a good topic for a future hub though, so thank you for asking.
Please consider looking for information related to research report writing that is posted on university-based websites. These are both useful and authoritative sources of such information. However, research report format, including main headings and subheadings, varies from one organization to another. You may choose which among the available options you would like to adopt in your research report.
Question: When should research be undertaken?
Answer: My article somehow answers your question. A person may undertake research when he or she is curious about or seeking the latest info about a certain topic, or has to submit a paper. It is also conducted when one's job requires it or to verify certain information. There are other moments when it is undertaken. I suggest that you do your own research about it.
Question: What are the characteristics of research?
Answer: A few characteristics of research would include (1) objectivity, (2) accuracy of information, (3) understandable discussion of related literature, collected data, and analysis of results, and (4) written by credible and ethical experts/authors, among others.
Question: Which is the best topic for research?
Answer: It really depends on your interests and if you are doing it as a student or as an independent researcher. Otherwise, you should talk to a teacher or superior to help you figure out what research topic you would like to explore.
Question: Why is it important to conduct historical research?
Answer: Historical research helps verify certain facts and information about a topic. There are others reasons why it is undertaken. I suggest that you use academic websites to help you answer your question.
Question: What are the objects that are important in research?
Answer: Some of the things that are important in doing research are writing materials (paper/notebook and pen), reading materials (books, articles, journals, etc.), and communication devices (mobile phone, landline phone). Having a laptop or desktop computer or a smartphone that has access to the Internet and printing machine can certainly help you:
(1) write research ideas and drafts,
(2) read online references related to your research topic,
(3) facilitate printing of your reading materials and research manuscripts, and
(4) communicate with your research respondents, interviewees, mentors, and other resource persons via email, chat, and/or video conference.
It is also helpful to have a school library card or resident identification card that you can use to access books and other materials in a nearby community library. If your research involves interviewing people, then a tape recorder or digital recorder would be useful.
I may have missed several other objects, so please do further research to help you answer your question.
Question: What should I do in order to write a good research proposal?
Answer: Though my hub does not talk about how to write a research proposal (and a good one at that), I suggest that you ask yourself what topics would you like to examine further. For instance, if the field is broad like health, then list down health-related topics that you find interesting. Choose 1-3 issues that you would like to explore. Why more than one? Just for contingency in case, the others seem harder to do, if not impossible. The format, criteria, and requirements will depend on your teacher, the funding agency, and your preferred academic program/department at your chosen college or university.
Based on experience, a research proposal is considered "good" if it offers clear purpose/objectives, methods, potential benefits to stakeholders, and budget (if applicable). Some organizations ask for monitoring, evaluation, and sustainability plans. There are also agencies and assessors who are meticulous when it comes to the use of the English language, particularly grammar and spelling. Thus, you might want to hire a professional editor and a proofreader to help you polish your research proposal. Otherwise, there are online materials that you can use to help you improve your English writing skills.
I hope you will find this response somehow useful. Otherwise, please conduct further research on what makes "a good research proposal."
Question: How can I do a splendid job on my quantitative research?
Answer: I suggest that you invest time and effort in learning about statistics and statistical analysis. Understanding statistics, as well as when, what, and how to apply certain statistical formulas/formulae in analyzing survey results will help you in conducting quantitative research. You may also look for experts, academics, or professionals who are adept at statistics and quantitative research. You may ask them if they are willing to mentor or guide you as you work on your study. There are also free online courses on statistics and quantitative research that you may use to help you complete your research.
If there is ample time (and also budget), please share your findings with your survey respondents prior to finalizing your study. It is part of research ethics to do this part because it aims to: (1) inform your respondents about the results of your study, (2) get their feedback, and (3) thank them for their participation and helping you finish your research.
Question: Who are the key figures in the study of research?
Answer: The key figures in doing research are the researcher, the study participants, and the funding agency, if applicable. The organization(s), community/communities, or country/countries where your participants reside or that serve as the subject(s) of your research are stakeholders of your chosen research as well.
Please conduct further research if you find my response inadequate, if not wrong.
Question: How do I conduct ‘micro’ research?
Answer: Please refer to Ian Glover's "Micro-research: An Approach to Teaching and Learning" published online in 2014.
© 2010 Leann Zarah
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In what way does research contribute towards the competitiveness of a country?
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Leann Zarah (author) on April 26, 2020:
Thank you for appreciating my article, Awwal Shehu Mijinyawa and Godyson Dolfo.
You have my permission to cite it in your research manual, Godyson.
You're welcome, Awwal. Godspeed as well.
Godyson Dolfo on April 26, 2020:
I read your article and found it interesting and helpful. As a research coordinator, I am currently preparing a research manual for our students. May I ask permission to include or cite the 7 importance of the research you've mentioned in your article.
Awwal Shehu Mijinyawa on April 22, 2020:
I came across this article in search of difference between pure and social science researches. And I really found it very useful in such a way that it gives me different view of how fashion-out my own research on impact of wall gecko in some local government areas of my state. I really gained more insight on how mine should be designed base on the purpose and objectives.
Thank you so much for allowing all without restriction to benefit from the vast research understanding you acquire and shared free for all.
Thanks and God bless
Leann Zarah (author) on March 24, 2020:
Thank you for appreciating my article, jamal adams.
jamal adams on March 24, 2020:
will help me in my assignment
Leann Zarah (author) on February 27, 2020:
Thank you for reading my article, Akpan, Nomia, Ng'ida, and Nyika.
NYIKA SANGWENI on February 25, 2020:
good piece of information
Ng'ida Lemaron on February 25, 2020:
Very useful info thanks so much
Nomia Muranda on February 25, 2020:
Thank you so much this is good information
Akpan Victor on February 24, 2020:
Am great ful abaut this article remain blessed
Leann Zarah (author) on February 16, 2020:
Thank you for reading my article, K.ariyakeranage Chandi Perera.
K.ariyakeranage Chandi Perera on February 09, 2020:
That improve my interest on research.Thanks.
Leann Zarah (author) on January 16, 2020:
Thank you to sisay solomon, ayuen akau, and Kukil Rabha for reading my hub and for posting a comment.
sisay solomon on January 16, 2020:
wow it is amazing information for us more to be knowledgeable.......
ayuen akau on December 08, 2019:
thank you for sharing this info it really help
Kukil Rabha on November 29, 2019:
It's amazing sir, thanks for the hub. It helps me to better understand the need of research.
Leann Zarah (author) on September 29, 2019:
Thank you, Digitemie-Batubo Beleudaara. Likewise.
You have done great job here and it's very helpful to my current research. God bless you real good and give you more wisdom and grace. Thanks. Digitemie-Batubo Beleudaara on September 16, 2019:
I found this article very helpful. Thanks. God bless you real good and more grace
Leann Zarah (author) on May 24, 2019:
Thank you, Angel Malual and Winnie Malel, for reading and appreciating my hub.
Angel Malual on May 23, 2019:
Thank you very much for this piece of information about research, I was totally stuck not knowing what to do but this has helped me allot. we are still looking forward for more help.
Winnie Malel on May 13, 2019:
so encouraging and helpful. thanks for sharing
Leann Zarah (author) on April 17, 2019:
Thank you for reading and appreciating my hub, Jackson Muhingi, Atuhaire Macmillan, mossessjeremiah, Rehana, and Zubee.
JACKSON MUHINGI on April 16, 2019:
THANKS A LOT A GOOD JOB INDEED HELPFUL
mossesjeremiah on April 09, 2019:
thanks a lot its helpful
Rehana on March 31, 2019:
Amazing..it's helpful .
Zubee on March 30, 2019:
Leann Zarah (author) on March 17, 2019:
Thank you for reading my hub and for your kind words, Ezeagwasinwa chidi.
Ezeagwasinwa chidi on March 15, 2019:
this is a very useful article. keep it up!!
Leann Zarah (author) on March 14, 2019:
Thank you for reading my hub, Nyasha, samie tsvang, Gamuchirai Ziyavaya, and Michael Jairos.
Nyasha on March 10, 2019:
Thank you,,, this is really
samie tsvang on March 09, 2019:
Thank you for the add of knowledge
Gamuchirai Ziyavaya on March 08, 2019:
thanx for e hub
MICHAEL JAIROS on March 06, 2019:
thank you i found your hub really helpfull...
Leann Zarah (author) on February 02, 2019:
You're welcome, Eliazar and philippines. Thanks for reading my hub.
philippines on January 31, 2019:
Eliazar Ong'ara on January 25, 2019:
Many thanks Zarah for taking your time to respond to the multiple quiz shared, indeed they are very informative and a guide to a number of concerns regarding research. Really appreciate.
Leann Zarah (author) on December 08, 2018:
Thank you for appreciating my hub, sauda.
sauda on December 06, 2018:
thank you, its very impressive and helpful
Leann Zarah (author) on December 03, 2018:
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Leann Zarah (author) on November 29, 2018:
Thank you for reading my hub, Crystalquintero. I appreciate your kind words. May your awareness and understanding of social issues continue to enrich your life and your relationship with other people.
Leann Zarah (author) on November 29, 2018:
Thank you Patricia A. Tusay and Chelsie Vizcarra for reading and appreciating my hub. May you succeed in your future research endeavors and in your journey as a hubber.
Crystalquintero on November 29, 2018:
it was really interesting learning about these 7 reasons why it's important to do research. The one that best resonated with me and my life the most was #2 as I have always found myself trying to look out for others before myself. I think it matched well with me because I tend to lean towards the morality aspect and how it affects others. I agree that reason #2, for the most part, does that.
Chelsie Vizcarra on November 29, 2018:
This hub is really helpful I took pleasure in taking the time to read it. The one I enjoyed the most was number 7 about nourishment and exercise for the mind. This one I felt most connected to because as a student I am still improving my research skills. I agree that curiosity is what fuels the mind to seek for answers. Especially nowadays when you can basically research about anything on the internet.
Patricia A Tusay on November 29, 2018:
I really enjoyed reading all the reasons for doing research. I especially liked number 4. This one was about learning the truth and facts. It is very important to know what all the facts are today since everyone is talking about fake everything.
Leann Zarah (author) on November 22, 2018:
You're welcome, Er.chandra. Thanks for reading my hub.
Er.chandra on November 17, 2018:
Thanks for explaining lots of knowledge about research.
Leann Zarah (author) on November 12, 2018:
Thank you for reading my hub, Ayuen Bol, martin mwansa., and Y-raaa Nicole.
Ayuen Bol on November 12, 2018:
The web or side is very helpful and educative to freelance Researchers.
thank those who make it operational.
martin mwansa. on November 09, 2018:
I really appreciate for your posts and today i have ideas on the importance of educational rasearch. God bless you all!
Y-raaa Nicole on November 06, 2018:
Thank you for sharing your knowledge to us author! Claps for you! This article really helps me! Continue writing! :)
Leann Zarah (author) on November 04, 2018:
Thank you for reading and appreciating my hub, Ananya.
Ananya on November 02, 2018:
Thank you.. Its a perfect clear cut answer.
Leann Zarah (author) on October 26, 2018:
Thanks for reading my hub, Aliyu.
Aliyu Jibrin Abdullahi on October 10, 2018:
Good pls continue help us
Leann Zarah (author) on October 06, 2018:
You are welcome, sevval. Thanks for reading my hub.
sevval on October 01, 2018:
Thank you so much for your article
Leann Zarah (author) on September 19, 2018:
Thanks for appreciating my hub, Alex, John, Nyamwiza, and Aquila.
Aquila Kanyemba on September 19, 2018:
thanks.. it's really helping in my research
Nyamwiza on September 14, 2018:
It is good
John sylivestor on September 06, 2018:
well precise and concise summary for adequate knowledge in research method
Alex ssendege on August 27, 2018:
Leann Zarah (author) on August 22, 2018:
Thank you, Rebecca Tukamushaba.
Rebecca Tukamushaba on August 22, 2018:
thanks for the information i have appreciated. well done.
Leann Zarah (author) on August 10, 2018:
Hi, nik ida.
Thank you for the kind words. Good luck to your future research endeavors.
nik ida on August 07, 2018:
very usefull for me as beginnerto do research. thanks.good job
Leann Zarah (author) on July 30, 2018:
Thank you for appreciating my hub, Alhaji.
Alhaji Usman Musa on July 29, 2018:
The importance of research you gave is fantastic.
Leann Zarah (author) on July 27, 2018:
Thanks for reading and appreciating my article, Isah, Emmaugoh, and Lazarus.
ISAH DINYA on July 24, 2018:
thank u, now I'm understanding it better
Emmaugoh on July 18, 2018:
lazarus julius on July 06, 2018:
very interesting. I real appreciate
Leann Zarah (author) on June 28, 2018:
Thank you for appreciating my hub, Micaela G7, Alida Rwanda, and Ibrahim Yisau.
Good luck to all of you.
Micaela G7 on June 26, 2018:
Alidah Rwanda on June 25, 2018:
thank you for the information provided above..
Ibrahim Yisau on June 19, 2018:
This is a great write up, thank you for sharing.
Leann Zarah (author) on June 17, 2018:
Thank you for reading my hub, Oscar peter. Glad to know you find it useful.
Good luck to you and your research endeavors.
Oscar peter on June 13, 2018:
Now I have understood what research is and it's main objectives, the reasons for carrying out research. I love it thanks
Leann Zarah (author) on May 04, 2018:
Thank you for reading and appreciating my hub, Festus Iranlade Adeyemi.
Festus Iranlade Adeyemi on May 04, 2018:
Leann Zarah (author) on April 15, 2018:
Thanks for reading my hub, Annacky A. Alweendo, Ntombi, and LexisNexis Educational Research Solutions.
LexisNexis Educational research Solutions on March 27, 2018:
Educational research is important in education because it is conducted in order to provide reliable information regarding educational issues and their solutions
Ntombi on March 24, 2018:
Annacky A. Alweendo on March 22, 2018:
very interesting. happy for reason number four.
Leann Zarah (author) on March 21, 2018:
Thank you for reading my hub and for your comments, MUHIRE Jean de Dieu, Kate Tr, and Kareul.
Yes, Kate Tr, you and your team may use reason #7. Good luck on your presentation and may you inspire your workshop participants to engage in research.
I appreciate your encouraging words, Kareul.
Thanks for sharing your insight, Muhire.
Kareul on March 12, 2018:
Thank you for this author. Please do continue and don't stop making such helpful hubs
Kate Tr on March 10, 2018:
I'm really impressed with the words that you has written. That is so clear and easy to understand.
My team from Vietnam is going to have a workshop about researching skill next month so i want to ask for your permission to use the point no.7 "Nourishment and Exercise for the Mind " in your article to prove our standpoint. We just want to take notes and a quote from it and give the link of the articles in the reference.
If you are happy for me to use it, please let me know.
Thank you so much and keep on your great job.
MUHIRE Jean de Dieu on March 06, 2018:
Research is very important because no research carried out society will remain where they were before to mean there is new discoveries and the problems in the society will not answered.
Leann Zarah (author) on February 19, 2018:
Thanks for reading my hub, Leigh1983 and Christyluv.
As for your comment, Christyluv, there are in-text citations in some parts of the article. The insights and tips given are based on my experience as a researcher. Thanks again.
Christyluv on February 14, 2018:
This is helpful. But no reference ma