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1.What is research?
The systematic investigation into and the study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions •Acts or periods of such investigation
Engaged in or intended for use in such investigation and discovery Source: 2.What is research paper?
For starters, a research paper is primarily characterized by its use of data gathered from a wide range of sources to clarify, analyze, expound on, discover, discuss, and debate an idea. It entails undertaking a scholarly endeavour and acquainting yourself with the variety of materials at your disposal (e.g., the library, various institutions,, field interviews, questionnaires, the Internet, email and the like) to support your claims. In other words, whenever you write ordinary expository papers or close reading analyses of literary texts, all you do is organize and record your own ideas and reactions, without necessarily using evidence to analyze relationships, debate ideas, weigh facts and opinions, and argue a point. For example, writing a report on a cultural practice of the Tasadays will not necessarily acquaint you with a cross reference of materials; open any standard book on Philippine culture and you are bound to have all the information you will need. Even if you manage to find other materials, it is doubtful that they will provide you with anything new. A research paper, therefore, goes a step beyond mere report writing, as it is an exercise in both critical reading and writing. You will find yourself extensively over materials, weighing the relevance of each one, and weaving such information with your own ideas so that the paper is not, merely a patchwork of quilted ideas but an appropriate integration of personal ideas and professional evidence. To sum things up, don’t think that the research paper is merely another exercise using the library. Certainly you will be making numerous trips in the library in the course of writing the paper but rather than simply recording and regurgitating data, your final product should reflect a healthy balance between your individual voice as a writer and the weight of empirical evidence. You can be sure that your teacher will not be looking for how many sources were used in your paper or what the experts have said about your subject but rather how well you use their ideas to advance and develop your thesis. Remember!

A research paper
 uses documentation
 acquaints you with a cross section of materials
 analyzes, discusses and debates ideas
engages you in critical, not creative, reading and writing
A research paper is not
 piece of expository writing
 personal essay
 reflection paper
 mere reporting of facts and or/ opinions
 review of academic literature
 library information hunt
Source: The New Anvil Guide to Research Paper Writing (c) 2005; pp. 2-3 3.What are the characteristics of a good research paper?
oOriginates with a question or problem.
oRequires clear articulation of a goal.
oFollows a specific plan or procedure.
oOften divides main problem into sub problems.
oGuided by specific problem, question, or hypothesis.
oAccepts certain critical assumptions.
oRequires collection and interpretation of data.
oCyclical (helical) in nature.
Source: 4.What are the characteristics of a good researcher?
a. An analytical mind
“As a market researcher you are constantly analysing a variety of factors. Why does the client ultimately want to do this research? What is the appropriate methodology? When should this research take place? What are the appropriate questions to ask and how? Why did the respondent say that? What are the findings telling us? Why are they telling us that? How do I best communicate the findings? etc. etc. etc. On a daily...
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