What is research?

  • (verb): Attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner.
    Example: "The student researched the history of that word"
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Research

Research and experimental development is formal work undertaken systematically to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humanity, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications (OECD (2002) Frascati Manual: proposed standard practice for surveys on research and experimental development, 6th edition.) It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories. A research project may also be an expansion on past work in the field. To test the validity of instruments, procedures, or experiments, research may replicate elements of prior projects, or the project as a whole. The primary purposes of basic research (as opposed to applied research) are documentation, discovery, interpretation, or the research and development of methods and systems for the advancement of human knowledge. Approaches to research depend on epistemologies, which vary considerably both within and between humanities and sciences.

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Some articles on research:

The Human Embryo - Research
... Their use in stem cell research, reproductive cloning, and germline engineering are currently being explored ... The morality of this type of research is debated because an embryo is often used ...
Artistic Research
... artistic teaching becoming more academics-oriented is leading to artistic research being accepted as the primary mode of enquiry in art as in the case of other disciplines ... One of the characteristics of artistic research is that it must accept subjectivity as opposed to the classical scientific methods ... it is similar to the social sciences in using qualitative research and intersubjectivity as tools to apply measurement and critical analysis ...
Glenn T. Seaborg - Graduate Work
1930s Seaborg performed wet chemistry research for his advisor Gilbert Newton Lewis and published three papers with him on the theory of acids and bases ... in Berlin and it had a major impact on his developing interests as a research scientist ... For several years, Seaborg conducted important research in artificial radioactivity using the Lawrence cyclotron at UC Berkeley ...
Conservatism - Psychology
... the Second World War, psychologists conducted research into the different motives and tendencies that account for ideological differences between left ... methodological grounds, but some of its findings have been confirmed by further empirical research ... A meta-analysis of research literature by Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, and Sulloway in 2003 found that many factors, such as intolerance of ambiguity and need for ...
Craig Venter - Discovery - Synthetic Genomics
... Craig Venter Institute, which conducts research in synthetic biology ... announced a $600 million collaboration with Synthetic Genomics to research and develop next-generation biofuels ... There is speculation that this line of research could lead to producing bacteria that have been engineered to perform specific reactions, for example, produce fuels, make medicines, combat global warming, and ...

More definitions of "research":

  • (noun): A search for knowledge.
    Example: "Their pottery deserves more research than it has received"
    Synonyms: inquiry, enquiry
  • (noun): Systematic investigation to establish facts.

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    ... research is never completed ... Around the corner lurks another possibility of interview, another book to read, a courthouse to explore, a document to verify.
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    To be sure, nothing is more important to the integrity of the universities ... than a rigorously enforced divorce from war- oriented research and all connected enterprises.
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    The great question that has never been answered and which I have not get been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a women want?”
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