This article is about the search for knowledge. For other uses, see Research (disambiguation).
"Researcher" redirects here. For the oceanographic research ship, see NOAAS Researcher (R 103).
Basrelief sculpture "Research holding the torch of knowledge" (1896) by Olin Levi Warner. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.
Research comprises "creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications." It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories. A research project may also be an expansion on past work in the field. To test the validity of instruments, procedures, or experiments, research may replicate elements of prior projects, or the project as a whole. The primary purposes of basic research (as opposed to applied research) are documentation, discovery, interpretation, or the research and development (R&D) of methods and systems for the advancement of human knowledge. Approaches to research depend on epistemologies, which vary considerably both within and between humanities and sciences. There are several forms of research: scientific, humanities, artistic, economic, social, business, marketing, practitioner research, etc.
1 Forms of research
4 Steps in conducting research
5 Scientific research
6 Historical method
7 Research methods
8 Professionalisation 8.1 In Russia
10 Research funding
11 Original research 11.1 Different forms
12 Artistic research
13 See also
15 Further reading
16 External links
Forms of research
Scientific research is a systematic way of gathering data and harnessing curiosity. This research provides scientific information and...