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7 Reasons Why Research Is Important

Leann is a freelance qualitative researcher. She has been involved in projects related to gender, labor, and other social issues.

Learning to conduct research is an integral part of learning about life.

Learning to conduct research is an integral part of learning about life.

Why Is Research Important?

The main purposes of research are to inform action, gather evidence for theories, and contribute to developing knowledge in a field of study. This article discusses the significance of research and the many reasons why it is important for everyone—not just students and scientists.

Understanding that research is important might seem like a no-brainer, but many people avoid it like the plague. Yet, for those who like to learn, whether they are members of a research institution or not, conducting research is not just important—it's imperative.

Why Research Is Necessary and Valuable in Our Daily Lives

  1. It's a tool for building knowledge and facilitating learning.
  2. It's a means to understand issues and increase public awareness.
  3. It helps us succeed in business.
  4. It allows us to disprove lies and support truths.
  5. It is a means to find, gauge, and seize opportunities.
  6. It promotes a love of and confidence in reading, writing, analyzing, and sharing valuable information.
  7. It provides nourishment and exercise for the mind.
Conducting research doesn't just arm us with knowledge—it helps teach us how to think.

Conducting research doesn't just arm us with knowledge—it helps teach us how to think.

1. It's a Tool for Building Knowledge and 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 help them 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 is commonly described as a factual proposition in the mind of an individual. It essentially refers to facts based on objective insights and/or study findings processed by the human brain. It can be acquired through various means, such as reading books and articles, listening to experts, watching documentaries or investigative shows, conducting scientific experiments, and interacting with other people, among others. Facts collected during research can be checked against other sources to ensure their truthfulness and accuracy.

Studies and Articles About the Importance of Research

In his article, "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").

Brain Research UK (formerly Brain Research Trust), a medical-research charity based in the United Kingdom, acknowledges the importance of research in building knowledge. It sees research as crucial to finding possible cures for diseases and ways to prevent them. Thus, research is necessary to ascertain whether one’s ideas are supported by previous studies or if these ideas still need further proof to be considered knowledge.

An example of one such endeavor is a 2016 study conducted by several psychologists to examine how sleep affects memory reactivation. In "Relearn Faster and Retain Longer: Along With Practice, Sleep Makes Perfect," they discovered 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 repetition and sleep improve a person's 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 in 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 to better help underprivileged students learn basic skills.

The effect of sleep on the human brain is just one of countless topics that have been examined by academics and specialists in various universities and medical institutions. A myriad of newer and even more specific research ideas likewise await the attention of avid scholars and inquisitive writers. Indeed, research is instrumental in building and improving knowledge and supporting existing knowledge with verifiable facts to facilitate learning.

2. It's a Means to Understand Issues and Increase Public Awareness

Using Research to Understand Current Issues

Television shows and movies—both fictional and nonfictional—ooze with research. 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 raising social consciousness.

Using Research to Understand People

Many film and TV actors also take time to interview individuals to better understand their roles. Actors have worked with detectives, boxers, scientists, business owners, criminals, and teachers, among others to gain an inside understanding of what it's like to have a certain identity. Others even go through immersion so they can begin to understand their characters' issues better. This might look like living in jail or in a drug rehabilitation center for a while, gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, or learning to captain a sailboat. Many read literature, biographies, or journals to have a better view or context of the story they've been hired to tell.

In her 2017 article about Daniel Day-Lewis, Lynn Hirschberg described how the award-winning 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."

People both within and outside of the entertainment industry have, on occasion, belittled what actors do or even the profession of acting itself. However, professional thespians like Daniel Day-Lewis exert a great deal of effort to make their characters believable. The dedication they pour into studying their roles involves a tremendous amount of research.

Using Research to Create Realistic Fiction and Stories

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 stories they are telling to entertain and educate audiences through 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 both imaginary tales and non-fictive accounts do research, as doing so helps them create good stories and achieve credibility.

Good business is built on sound research.

Good business is built on sound research.

3. It Helps Us Succeed in Business

The Importance of Research and Development (R&D)

Research benefits business. Many successful companies, such as those producing consumer goods or mass-market items, invest in research and development, or R and D. Different industries that involve 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 and D expenses because it is critical to the creation and improvement of their products and services.

R and D can also help secure an advantage over competitors. Finding out how to make things happen more efficiently and differentiate a business's offerings from those of its competitors can raise a company’s market value.

In addition, R and D is essential to supporting a country's economy. For instance, the United Kingdom's Department of Business Innovation and Skills, or BIS (now known as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), used to publish an annual R and 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 has not been produced since 2010.

Market Research and Targeted Marketing

Research can also help a company maintain a positive commercial image, retain existing customers, and attract new customers through targeted marketing. Marketing is a type of communication, and for that communication to be effective, businesses need to understand their customers.

This usually happens through market research, which can involve examining psychological studies about consumption, hosting focus groups, beta testing products with a select group of customers, sending satisfaction surveys to existing customers, and researching the business's main competitors, among other strategies. The most successful businesses, large and small, base their product design, service offerings, and marketing communications on insights gleaned from thorough research processes.

4. It Allows Us to Disprove Lies and Support Truths

Background Research and Private Investigations

Have you ever experienced the feeling that your partner is having an affair behind your back? Some people would overlook this and say that it's better not to know; others though would take discreet action, hiring a private detective to find out for sure. What does research have to do with this situation? A lot. Doing research to reveal lies or truths involving personal affairs can contribute to either making a relationship work or breaking away from a dysfunctional one. For the monogamous lot, doing research to disprove or prove infidelity is one way to find out the truth.

Field Testing and Peer Reviews

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 of their research. Nevertheless, not everything scientists come up with gets accepted. Scientific work is typically peer-reviewed before being published. This means that when an individual publishes research, it is fact-checked and investigated for common biases, statistical errors, and methodological issues by others in the field before being shared with the scientific community at large.

Professional and credible journalists also undertake thorough research to establish the veracity of their stories. The 2003 movie Shattered Glass tells the rise-and-fall story of a real-life journalist who worked for The New Republic based in New York City. If fellow journalists hadn't debunked his stories as fabricated, Stephen Glass could have written even more dubious pieces that would have been taken at face value by readers of the publication.

Fact-Checking to Discover Research Bias, Propaganda, and Fake News

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 "news stories" 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 and told to drop out of the presidential 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 US presidential candidate 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, serves as a primary source of news for over 60 percent of adult Americans (Chang, Lefferman, Pedersen, and Martz, 2016). In addition to fueling social media company profits, fake news has become profitable for pseudo-journalists whose main goal is to attract reader clicks that lead to Google Adsense revenue.

Fact-checking to determine the truth is integral to the process of research. 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 useful information—not lies.

Opportunities for success come more easily when we're well informed.

Opportunities for success come more easily when we're well informed.

5. It Is a Means to Find, Gauge, and Seize Opportunities

Research helps people nurture their potential and achieve goals by taking advantage of various opportunities. This can mean securing employment, being awarded scholarships or grants, securing project funding, initiating a business collaboration, finding budget travel opportunities, or securing other little wins.

Using Research to Maximize Job and Career Options

For those looking for a job or seeking greener pastures, research is necessary. With thorough research, an individual can increase their chances of finding employment by scouring job-posting sites, contacting employment agencies. Research can also help inform them if work opportunities are legitimate. Without research, the gullible-yet-hopeful jobseeker or traveling worker may fall prey to unscrupulous headhunters, bogus employment opportunities, or even full-on scams. Sites like Glassdoor and organizations like the Better Business Bureau allow job candidates to find out what experiences others have had with an employer they are considering or a placement agency they are thinking of using. After finding a free or low-cost academic course or skills-development training, students and professionals can assess their eligibility for certain roles and find out about application requirements and deadlines by conducting additional research.

Using Research to Maximize Investment

Research also benefits civil society and its members. Securing funding for projects and research initiatives is a top concern for those who want to address social issues. However, not all funding organizations accept proposals year-round, nor are they all interested in solving the same types of social problems. Thus, it is necessary to conduct research to find agencies whose missions match the objectives of particular advocacy programs or social-change projects.

An aspiring business owner can likewise meet potential investors through research. They can examine investor profiles to find a good fit in terms of vision, mission, goals work ethic, and available capital.

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 productive living.

6. It Promotes a Love of Reading, Writing, Analyzing, and Sharing Valuable Information

Research for Critical Thinking

Research entails both reading and writing. These two literacy functions help maintain critical thinking and comprehension. Without these skills, research is far more difficult. Reading opens the mind to a vast reservoir of knowledge, while writing helps us express our own perspectives and transform our thoughts into more concrete ideas in a way others can understand.

Apart from reading and writing, listening and speaking are also integral to conducting research. Conducting interviews, attending knowledge-generating events, and participating in casual talks can help us gather information and formulate research topics. These things also facilitate our critical thinking process, much like reading and writing. Listening to experts discuss their work can help us analyze issues from new perspectives and add new techniques to our information-gathering arsenal.

Sharing Research for Wider Understanding

With the wide array of ideas floating around and the interconnectedness of people and places through the internet, 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 research into certain issues or situations.

Literacy is integral in improving a person's social and economic mobility and in increasing awareness, and research hones these basic life skills and makes learning a lifelong endeavor.

Exercising your mind is just as important as exercising your body.

Exercising your mind is just as important as exercising your body.

7. It Provides Nourishment and Exercise for the Mind

Curiosity may kill the cat, but it also fuels the mind to seek answers. An article by Todd Johnson for College Admission Partners (n.d.) notes how scientific research in particular "helps students develop critical reasoning skills . . . helpful for any field of higher education . . ." The acts of searching for information and thinking critically serve as food for the brain, allowing our inherent creativity and logic to remain active. Keeping the mind active may also help prevent certain mental illnesses like Alzheimer's.

Critical Thinking and Mental Health

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 a position. However, she also noted that there may be other factors involved in averting dementia and relates issues. 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 a 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 other evidence. Data collection and analysis are vital aspects of the research process. These are mental activities that both expend mental energy and nurture the brain.

Indeed, doing research encourages people to explore possibilities, understand existing issues, and disprove fabrications. Without research, all of our technological advancements and other developments would have remained fantasies. Reading, writing, observing, and analyzing facilitate an inquisitive mind's quest for knowledge, learning, and wisdom. Research is a bridge that we must cross to achieve all of our goals—both personal and societal.

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 are inherently curious as kids and young adults and often conduct informal research without even realizing it, there is a methodology for conducting formal, academic research. Use the following tips to get you started:

1. 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, find sources of information, and establish a financial budget (if applicable).

2. Identify the Central Question That Will Be Explored in Your Paper

Generally, there is only one research question per project, so if your project prompts you to engage with several different questions, it could be a good idea to break it up into 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.

3. Research Existing Literature Related to Your Topic on the Appropriate Database

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 data interpretation with a critical mindset.

How to Find Peer-Reviewed Research in Academic Journals

The Elements of a Research Paper

Research papers are far less daunting when you break them down into their individual components.

ElementPurpose

Abstract

Summarize your purpose and design. Try to use fewer than 300 words.

Introduction

State the problem and review the relevant literature.

Methods

Discuss your study design, including any instruments you will be using, and outline the strategy you will use to analyze the data.

Results

Restate your research question and describe your findings.

Discussion

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.

Conclusion

Restate your thesis and summarize your main points.

Common Errors in the Research Proccess

Designing a research project and writing a paper is no simple feat. Participants should be ready to dedicate an ample amount of time to avoid burnout. Here are some common mistakes that are made in both the setup of the project and the research paper itself.

Population Mistakes

Population mistakes are as avoidable as they are common in research. It helps to define the characteristics of the group that you wish to sample from in your project so you can specify the population in question. For instance, if you are asking a question about the attitudes of michigan residents, it would be important to make sure the population you're sampling from includes all counties in Michigan so your data isn't skewed to favor people from a specific and relatively homogenous area.

Sampling Mistakes

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.

Sample-Selection Process Errors

The sample-selection process is another potential research issue. If you were randomly choosing participants in person, let’s say at 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 Problems 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 and doesn't propose anything new.
  • 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.

How to Improve Your Research Skills

Are you interested in further developing your ability to do research? The following suggestions can help you hone your craft as a researcher while learning new things all the while.

  • Read books and articles about research. If you do not have a computer with an internet connection, you can go to the library, a nearby bookstore, or ask a close friend or relative to lend you their smartphone or laptop so you can look for books or articles about research. If you have access to the internet, you can watch online tutorial videos on research.
  • Watch films and read different kinds of books, including fiction and nonfiction. These sources can ignite your curiosity and drive you to seek more information. You might want to jot down notes about the topics that were discussed and/or what you learned. You might wonder why this is part of the research process. Watching movies, reading books, and writing notes helps hone your comprehension and ability to analyze. These can improve your vocabulary and help you in finding your voice as a researcher.
  • Attend training seminars, workshops, and conferences aimed at deepening your knowledge and honing your critical-thinking skills. 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 collegiate or 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. They can likewise enrich your experience and insights as a researcher.

Go Forth and Research!

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 (and debunking lies and myths) requires inquisitive minds and priceless integrity. As the world continues to evolve, doing research becomes more important and remains a skill with enduring rewards.

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 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 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 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: 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.

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 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.

© 2010 Leann Zarah

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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.

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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.

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Thank you for this author. Please do continue and don't stop making such helpful hubs

Kate Tr on March 10, 2018:

Hello there,

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.

Best regards,

Kate.

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.

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