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Definition Of Scientific Research: What Is Scientific Research? And How Can You Select The Scientific Topic?

 Currently, the world is experiencing a global disaster due to the pandemic of COVID-19. We follow the current events in an attempt to accumulate knowledge about the recent scientific research findings in confronting this outrageous virus.

The world, therefore, has come to realize the importance of scientific research. At the time when many people have shown genuine attitudes towards participating in such research projects, only a few of them came to prove real actions while others tended to abandon the idea. It is due to the fact that scientific research as a term is considered a challenge for some people who lack the adequate knowledge required by such a kind of research—ignorance is the parent of fear. Once a researcher gets to this knowledge, the journey of scientific research has been set off. Queries then unexplainably rush out in his mind.

Hence, we shall take you on a ride into the world of scientific research as an attempt to resolve those queries, but initially, let us identify the definition of scientific research.

What Is Scientific Research? The Definition Of Scientific Research:

It is an organized methodological way used by researchers to fulfill the answer to a specific question or to decline a particular hypothesis.

As an example: a researcher hypothesizes that green tea would help to eliminate cancer cells. Such a hypothesis may come out to be true or false.

Through scientific research, the researcher shall prove or decline his hypothesis by using experiments and systematic procedures to deliver valid and accurate results.

Nevertheless, is it acceptable for a researcher to hypothesize the existence of aliens on earth?

Subsequently, we shall display answers for such a query.

Characteristics Of The Hypothesis:

Your hypothesis can be evaluated in terms of scientific appropriateness once you get to know its features;

  • A hypothesis must be realistic, logical, and valuable.
  • It must be testable and measurable.
  • It has to be specific (in need of explanation), not generalized.
  • It has to match appropriate facts based on it, not contradicted.
  • The hypothesis must be assessed within an adequate time; it’s, therefore, unacceptable to spend a lifetime measuring a particular hypothesis.

Consequently, the previous example hypothesis in an inappropriate for

scientific research as it doesn’t meet the assigned conditions.

How To Select The Scientific Topic?

It is worthy of mention that it is not an easygoing task; a researcher might spend extra time selecting the proper topic; therefore, we shall list a group of steps that may help you choose the scientific topic.

  • Brainstorming:

In such a stage, a researcher would consider topics and aspects of his interest and begins to collect them. Out of those general topics, the researcher might select colon cancer, lung cancer, and leukemia.

  • Selecting A General Topic:

Once the researcher has stepped the brainstorming stage, he can select a specific topic out of the collected ones; for example, he made his mind spot on leukemia as the topic for his research.

  • Specify A Significant Point (Be More Specific):

Once selecting a broad topic for your research, you shall choose a specific and a more detailed point for it; for example, the researcher may choose to conduct a study on the effect of a particular drug on leukemia patients.

  • Choose A Question:

Now you have a certain specific point to do your research on, convert it into a question to be answered throughout the study you conduct; for example, will this drug affect the rate of recoveries of leukemia?

  • Researching As A Process:

Initiate the researching process through reviewing previous research papers in similar themes, strive to accumulate all recent findings related to these research projects.

Finally, do know that scientific research is a long but worthy journey. Be patient, and believe you add an appreciable achievement to humanity.

Translated by: Nermeen Ebaid


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