How does the everyday thinking differ from research ?My ask question is related with Research methodology .

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a weird question, but I'm going to answer it in terms of mistakes most students use when writing research papers.

Everyday thinking has no place in a research paper.  Unfortunately.

Many students write with a set of given ideas (their own, usually) and opinions.  What I've seen as a teacher is that these opinions are often passed off as "evidence" or facts, because the student believes that they must be common to everyone.  Even if this is the case, it does not matter in research.

Opinions in general, whether the author's or the opinion of the general public only count in research if they've been carefully studied, documented, proven, or previously published in a scholarly document.

While research papers often try to draw conclusions based on every day opinions, the different between research papers and other, less formal modes of writing, is that a research paper must base all of it's conclusions on facts or the synthesis of facts that can prove the every day thinking ideas.

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the other main differences between everyday thinking and research is the fact that when you do research you are expected to go through a certain set of steps and follow certain procedures.  Sure you might be down in your basement working on some plumbing and try a few things until one works and call it research.

But in a scientific setting or an academic one, research is expected to be a certain way.  To be documented and thorough about the preconditions or assumptions made prior to beginning a particular experiment.  You are expected to have an articulated hypothesis of some kind, etc.