Essay Secondary Research

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Research Process Questionnaire
Robert "Mike" Moore
September 8, 2011
University of Phoenix

Research Process Questionnaire
1. What is research and its purpose in academic writing? What qualifies as effective research?

Research is a way for an author to expand on an idea, discussion, or topic that provides legitimacy to the work. Basically, research is a methodical approach to any topic a person wishes to know more about, and it helps to provide supporting details to the writing topic. But what makes research effective is the accurateness of the information being researched. All research will require a collection process for supporting documentation to the topic. Following a predetermined set of criteria for
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Primary research is used when no data exists or the author wants to create a study and use the results to support their theories. Secondary research is commonly used in the medical field when a researcher makes comparisons to other published work. Primary research is used in social aspects when surveys or questionnaires are used to create data to support theories.

4. What are the main differences between intentional and unintentional plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using another’s published works and using them as your own ideas. This can be done intentionally or unintentionally based on the level of understanding a person has of the material. When a person researches a topic and knowingly uses information or phrases without giving credit to the original author, then this is intentional plagiarism. There will come times when a person will unintentionally plagiarize because they forgot to provide a proper citation or do not think that the ideas can be construed as another’s. In this student’s opinion, unintentional plagiarism is done because a person does not know the proper way to give credit and chooses not to even try to learn how to give such credit according to different styles of writing.

5. Investigate the research writing tools available to you through the Center for Writing Excellence and the University Library. How can these tools help you in your research writing efforts?

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