Go to the “source” no matter what it is you’re writing about. Normally, when the term research is applied to a particular subject, one tends to think of scientific discoveries, theories or laws. Research involves discovering, interpreting and amending facts. This process of collecting information is often described as methodical, detailed and energetic, producing greater knowledge for practical application of the subject(s) you’re examining.
The primary objective of basic or fundamental research is advancement of knowledge and theoretical understanding. Research doesn’t have to be as boring as many people perceive it to be. It may take some time to do, but the wealth of information that you’ll learn will take you to a level of expert status.
Some advertisements can give you ideas on different approaches to take for your research. Check out books written by experts in the field you are interested in. Resource guides, brochures or pamphlets are also good research avenues. You will often find clubs and organizations dedicated to your topic of interest. Attending a club or an organization’s meeting and possibly interviewing the president or another prominent member of the organization could produce an intriguing article or book. Joining a local writers group and visiting your local library will also provide some great investigative benefits.
Research also includes sources of market information from magazines, websites, online newsletters and ezines catering to local, national and global markets. Let’s take for example, that you want to do an article about golfing. Here are some preliminary questions you can immediately write down to help you constructively navigate through the research process:
• Where was the first game of golf played?
• What is the PGA and when was it formed?
• Why are there so many golf clubs and what part of the game are they used for?
• What do the golf terms mean?
• What does the term handicap mean?
• How do you keep score?
• Who designed the first golf course?
• Who was the youngest professional player in the game?
• When did women begin playing professionally?
When working on non-fiction compositions especially, it is so crucial to investigate the credibility of your sources, historical data and overall facts. Don’t forget to properly document information obtained from a specific source or any quotes from a particular interviewee within your compositions.
Many people pay for researchers because of time consumption. However, when you are involved in the research process for a particular subject or project you’re working on, “you” will be empowered with greater knowledge, understanding and awareness. The wealth of information that you learn will take you to a different level of education.