In academics, research skills are the least taught one by professors, which simply brings us to the conclusion of students figuring out those things on their own. Moreover, they’ll just hand over a piece of information to students, which they are told to recollect by visiting the library and being completely dependent on Google and Wikipedia resources.
Well, in that case, we have provided a few simple strategies for students that can help them play with the process of their research by finding out the right sources for their content. Take a look at this blog further to know more about it-
Schedule your work
Before beginning to write your research paper, devise a proper series of work that you’re going to perform for the same. It is very important for you to stick that schedule or else there’s no use in devising one. Make sure that the series your prepare includes all the necessary elements for your research, i.e., select the proper material, read it out well, makes notes from it, and start putting things together point-by-point for better organisation.
Begin with Wikipedia, but do not stick with it
For beginners, Wikipedia is an amazing source to work and find resources. You can easily find the content related to your keywords and topic. Wikipedia tends to provide some relevant related links for your content that can be very resourceful for your research paper. You can also take some notes provided by the preferred Wikipedia link because, in the end, the ultimate goal is to provide a comprehensive overview of what you just found on the subject.
Do not forget about the research question
Once you’ve collected all the data regarding your research, never forget to bother about the main research question or working thesis in your mind. While writing, you might come across various research questions in your mind, but the only relevant thing is to find the right one based on your research and subject, and anything that seems relevant enough to answer your question, go for it. It is always better to perform a lot amount of background research on the question you choose for your thesis. Therefore, all you need to do is get a few background resources and then concentrate on the better ones for your research question.
Handle one thing at a time
Don’t be over-confident about your skills and think that you can handle the entire subject in one go. First of all, develop a knack of your subject. Be sure that its enough for you to create an outline of pieces that you need to understand and present it in your paper. For instance, while writing down your paper, you’ll find that those pieces are interconnected to each other.
Organise your data
Make sure that you plan things in advance, especially collecting and organising your data in one place, say a notebook. You can also use your PCs or laptops for organising things, for performing better research and building databases that can help compile the entire information in a single place. No matter what system you choose for compiling, ensure that everything is kept intact inside it.
Get to know about your resources
There’s no harm if you spend a little more time on your resources to get to know about them. Whether it’s online or offline, give a tour to your resources, know where they belong, be aware of its relevancy and place; you can also connect yourself with some libraries to know more about it. Some of the universities keep their information secure in academic databases that can be very fruitful for you to gather information about your subject and its related content.
Ask for help whenever you want
Make the best use of human resources and the people around you whenever you need help. Relying completely on online sources isn’t the best solution for some, so one can surely take help from their colleagues, professors, parents, friends and other classmates.