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Planning research projects requires creativity and sharp analytical skills.
Any research planning uses the same four steps:
Orienting yourself for research planning requires you to stop thinking like a student, which treats knowledge as something created by other people.
Forming a good question is often the most difficult part of the planning process. This is because the exact language of the question frames the rest of the project. Most researchers do this step repeatedly as they change their question in light of previous research and other constraints.
The 'literature review' section in academic research demonstrated that researchers have thoroughly and systematically reviewed relevant findings of previous studies on the topic.
Two basic rhetorical positions can help you frame the novelty-and-importance argument in academic research.
The overall goal is to show that your research will be part of a larger conversation: How your project flows from what's already known, how it advances, extends, or challenges the existing knowledge.
At some point, you'll need to consider which data source and analytical strategy are most likely to give the answers you need.
The point is to plan research, not to conduct it. The purpose of this step is to think through a feasible approach to answering your research question. You might reevaluate and revise while planning your project as new and unexpected avenues are revealed.
A systematic approach will establish the building blocks of your research project.
Your background information should come from scholarly books and journals, or reputable mass media sources. Use search engines such as JSTOR and Google Scholar.
Create an annotated bibliography by providing at least ten sources relevant to your topic.
Write a short statement of about 250 words about the kind of data that would help address your research and how you'd analyse it.
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