To help students accelerate their basic research skills, here are 4 tips to help you find, organize, and use the information you need to create a good research paper.
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Your research task doesn’t just end with Wikipedia, Wikipedia is a great place to start your search – spend some time searching for keywords relevant to your topic, browsing the links you find on each page, following their suggested resources, take notes, especially on any good sources they recommend, the goal here is to get a good overview of the topic you’re writing about, Wikipedia is much
You have a research question in mind
Technically, your thesis should emanate from your research, when you have data in front of you, but you need some kind of "work thesis" while conducting the research - a question you want to answer, when you come across a new material, ask yourself if it will help you
answer your question, as you can return anything that seems appropriate but does not help answer your question. Stay focused by working to answer your research question.
Ask for help
To help you choose good scientific research titles use the human resources available to you as well as the material resources, as most professors spend their working hours waiting disappointed so that the student can come and give them something that justifies the time required of them to keep an open hour - be that student! Ask for help searching and evaluating sources, or to help figure out what to do with the materials you’ve collected so far, another often overlooked resource is the friendly neighborhood librarian.
Librarians - in my estimation - are the best people who really help you with this task - they know the materials in your
scientific research field, they are very interested in seeing them used, and they have dedicated their lives to providing information more. Most librarians will be happy to help you find materials relevant to your project, and some will also identify certain pieces
Constantly update your search
Pay attention to the date of publication of your article – while it’s okay to use outdated material, it’s best to have the bulk of your references from the last 10 years or so, if research on your topic seems to be over a decade or so, it could be due to the
advancement of the field, but it could also be due to the disappearance of funding opportunities, the death
One trick is also to use Google for major researchers whose work you’ve found and see if you can find their homepages — most of them listing recent publications and their current research activities — someone
could have a book about to be released or publish reports in obscure or foreign journals, pay