Here are some of the questions they will probably ask you at the final exam:
1. What is research?
Research is collecting information about a subject, its careful study, analysis, and investigation for the purpose of discovering and explaining new knowledge.
2. How to begin research?
The most important thing is to PLAN. Also, we should give ourselves TIME and be PATIENT.
So, there are three things (and words) to remember (when we need to know how to begin research):
PLAN. TIME. PATIENT
3. How to plan research?
We should spend 1/3 of time on research
We should spend 1/3 time on reading, thinking and evaluating
We should spend 1/3 time writing.
4. What types of resources can you use in your research?
PRIMARY RESEARCH RESOURCES:
SECONDARY RESEARCH RESOURCES:
5. What are the research resources selection criteria (or: How do we select research resources)?
We select research resources based on authority, currency, relevance, ease of access, trustworthiness, and neutrality:
It means that we need to ask ourselves the following questions:
Who wrote the article or the book? Is the writer or the organization a well-known professional on the subject?
We need to ask ourselves the following questions:
Is the information up-to-date?
When was it published?
Isn't the information too old?
Are the facts, information, and data relevant to your topic?
Are you sure you need it for this particular purpose?
Ease of Access
How easy is it to access the data/ information?
Is it paid to access or free?
Can I trust the information/ data? Is it credible?
Neutrality (objectivity) or bias (subjectivity)
Is the author neutral or biased about the topic?
Does it show both sides of an argument, or only one?
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