|Introduction to research|
|Getting started||Defining research | The research process | The research question | Evaluating a research question | Finding information | Research methods | Presentation | Summary|
What is Research? Research is defined in various ways, simply because research means different things to different people.
We start with a general definition from Wikipedia.
|Research can be defined as the search for knowledge or as any systematic investigation to establish facts. The primary purpose for applied research (as opposed to basic research) is discovering, interpreting, and the development of methods and systems for the advancement of human knowledge on a wide variety of scientific matters of our world and the universe. Research can use the scientific method, but need not do so.|
Collis and Hussey (2003) summarise the purpose of research as follows:
- to review and synthesise existing knowledge
- to investigate some existing situation or problem
- to provide solutions to a problem
- to explore and analyse more general issues
- to construct or create a new procedure or system
- to explain a new phenomenon
- to generate new knowledge
- a combination of any of the above.
- Businessdictionary.com, available online at http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/research.html
- Collis, J.,& Hussey, R. (2003). Business research: A practical guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Basingstoke Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.