What is Research?
It is a careful search for information about a particular matter .It includes reading, and it requires the application of the principles of study. It may also involves interviewing people.
What circumstance call for research? Here are a few examples. Your personal study may give raise to questions that are important to you. Someone to whom you approach may raise a question on which you may have specific information for a reply. You may also being assign to give a speech or talk.
Consider an assignment to give a speech or a talk. The Material that you have been asked to cover may seem quit general. How can you apply it locally? Enrich it by doing research. When supported with a static or two or with an example that fits your material and that touches the lives of those in your audience, a point that may have seemed obvious become informative ,even motivating. The published material with which you are working may have been prepared for readers worldwide ,but you need to amplify, illustrate, and apply the points to one person or a public. How should you proceed?
Before running in search of information ,consider your audience. What will they already know? What do they need to know? Then identify your objective. Is to explain? To convince? To refute? Or to motivate? Explaining requires providing further information to make s matter clear. Although the basic facts may be understood, you may need to expand on when or how to do what is stated. Convincing calls for giving a reasons outlining why a thing is so, including presentation of evidence. Refuting requires a thorough knowledge of both sides of an issues along with a careful analysis of evidence used. Of course, we seek not simply strong arguments but ways to present facts in a king manner. Motivating involves reaching the heart. It means giving your audience incentive and building up their desire to act on what is being discussed. Real-life examples of those who have taken such action, even in the face of difficulty, can help to reach the heart of your listeners.
Are you ready to begin? Not quite. Consider how much information you need. Time may be an important factor. If you are going to present the information to others, how much time will be available for you to do it. Five minutes? Forty-five minutes? Is the time fixed, or is it flexible?
Finally, what research tools are available to you? In addition to what you have at home, are there more in the public library?
Depending on the type of research material you want to use, many of them have an index in the back, which is design to help you pinpoint specific information.
Being familiar with the type of information offered in those materials can accelerate the research process.
Make personal files.
Keep alert to items of interest that you can use when you are speaking and teaching. If you find in a newspaper or a magazine a news item, statistic, or example that you can use in your speech delivery, clip it out to copy the information. Include the date, the title of the periodical, and perhaps the name of the author or publisher. Have you ever thought of a good illustration but didn’t have an opportunity to use it right away? Write it down and keep it in a file.
Talk To People
People are a rich source of information. This could be accomplish by talking to people and also interviewing them with respect to your topic. People you meet out the and talk to can shed light on a matter on which you have been endeavoring to do research. Interviewing those with much experience may also reveal what they are thinking and this can help you to prepare material that is truly practical.
Evaluate Your Results
After wheat is harvested, the grin needs to be removed from the chaff. So it is with the fruitage of your speech. Before it is ready for use, you need to separate what is valuable from what is superfluous.
If you are going to use the information in a talk, ask yourself:’’ does the point I plan to use really contribute something worthwhile to my presentation of the subject? Or , even thought it is interesting material, does it tend to divert attention from the subject that I ought to be talking about?” if you are considering using currents events or material from the ever changing fields of science or medicine, make sure that the information is up-to-date. Research take efforts, but doing it will help you to find the exert truth on matters, to correct mistaken ideas, and to make firm your grasp of the truth. It will also add substance and life to your presentations, making them a pleasure to deliver and a delight to hear.