The word research means different things to different people. To some, it means hours of fun while they learn new things about something that they find interesting. To others it means hours of torture in which they are forced to do something that they really, really don’t want to do. Whether you love or hate research, or somewhere in between, what we research is important.
The goal of most people when they do research, is to do good research, most people don’t start out a research project thinking: “Hey, I’m going to see how bad I can do on this assignment.” But how do we do good research?
The first thing that goes into good research is to research something you care about. You’ve probably heard it a million times, but if you want to do good research, you really need to care. Research takes time and effort, and if you are trying to spend that on something you don’t care about, research will turn into something that you hate doing. It will become hours of torture. It will become that thing that you always put off until the last possible moment.
Something else that teachers love to talk about in research is how we research. Plagiarism, good sources, etc. are things that nobody really enjoys talking about, so I will not. I will, however, talk about why these things are important. Your teachers have undoubtedly given you good reasons, but you probably haven’t thought about why we should do good research. Whatever reason that you come up with, it all comes down to learning. The point of research is to learn, and if you are cheating with your research, you are cheating yourself of the learning that comes with it.