What is the normal sequence of the research process?(Note: this question has been taken from chapter two of A Handbook of Social Science Research (by Gary D. Bouma, B.R Dixon and G.B.J Atkinson). I...

What is the normal sequence of the research process?

(Note: this question has been taken from chapter two of A Handbook of Social Science Research (by Gary D. Bouma, B.R Dixon and G.B.J Atkinson).


I studied this chapter, but I don't understand this question. Please explain this question in the light of the above named book.

I shall be very thankful to you.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The research process, regardless of the text, usually follows four specific (and traditional) steps. The steps are as follows.

Identification and development of the topic.

The first thing one must do is to specifically identify what they wish to define, analyze, or prove. By doing this, they are able to narrow the massive amount of information which comes with basic, or generic, searches. Once defined, one needs to state exactly what they are determining to state (as a thesis).

Find existing information on the topic.

Search academic journals, academic sites (like Ebsco or J-Store) to find possible supporting research. Narrow list by those which most closely support the topic.

Evaluate the material found.

Read through the articles, books, and other material. FInd the ones which most closely support the topic.

Cite material used using appropriate format.

Be sure to site any information taken from research used in the paper. Be sure to know if the paper needs to be written using APA, MLA, Chicago-Style, or another format.

If you are speaking about actually conducting research, then the above post clearly states the steps of the normal sequence in research.

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caglatekeli | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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i cannot reach content of the book but (if authors didnt mention something else) research process is standard:

  • findiing a problem
  • literature search
  • stating hypothesis
  • developing experimential design
  • statistical analysis
  • declaring information/results you got

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