Starter’s guide for writing: Data collecting and research

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

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“Do research. Feed your talent. Research not only wins the war on cliche, it’s the key to victory over fear and it’s cousin, depression.”
― Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

Data collecting is self-explanatory. Research can mean so much more. They are both connected and can be used in different ways. Research can be work undertaken to increase knowledge of humans, culture and society and to devise new applications to the to the other topics I have mentioned in this sentence. Data collecting while researching is important because the process enables one to answer relevant questions and evaluate outcomes. Hand in hand, researching and collecting data is a must before any big project or idea is one hundred percent completed and set out for everyone to see.

You do not know everything. Gathering information sets you apart from amateur/limited personal information, to professional creative content or ideas. Data collecting, and research can also help you in the development process. It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, develop new theories and more. Overall, there are several forms/types of research that are scientific, humanities, artistic, economic, social, business, marketing, practitioner research, life, technological and much more.

More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race. Taking advantage of that in your research is a must. Creating your own data also is possible with various data collecting methods. The most common techniques include interviews, questionnaires and surveys, focus groups, documents and records, ethnographies, oral history, case studies, online content and observations. Each is different and requires something different depending on what your research is on about. Your blog can also give you relevant data.

Research and data collecting website resources:

Researching online can be done by using search engines. What is a search engine? Google is a search engine. Over four billion people a day use this particular search engine. Methods in using google to your advantage is to use different key words every time. And switching up words that mean the same thing as you are looking for. Also google allows you to use quotes to search for an exact phrase, vs to compare food, DEFINE to learn meaning of words and slang, plus so much more!

Research ethics involves the application of ethical principles to a variety of topics involving research, including scientific research. These include the design and implementation of research involving human experimentation, animal experimentation, various aspects of academic scandal, including scientific misconduct, whistleblowing; regulation of research, and more. Research ethics is most developed as a concept in medical research.

In conclusion, research and collecting data is vital to anything being created and shared. I hope my tips and tricks made sense and you can use the knowledge for yourself. All of it is part of the slow writing process. Research to go more in-depth in learning more about the type of research you need to know about. Save all the relevent research information you can. It helps me finish my blog posts quicker and makes me learn more about the topic/subject. Finally once you have all the information needed, you can finally write what you need to write.

“The element of chance in basic research is overrated. Chance is a lady who smiles only upon those few who know how to make her smile.”
― Hans Selye

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