“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
– Eden Phillpotts
Research can be an enjoyable, stimulating, and fascinating activity to engage in along one’s professional journey. Often anyone who is required to write a research thesis starts out overwhelmed by the idea, yet comes to enjoy the challenge and ends up feeling proud of the results. Great satisfaction can be derived from completing this exacting, often complex, and always stimulating process.
When considering your research agenda, keep the following six points in mind:
- First and foremost, explore and understand the types of research and determine which type best fits the question you are pondering
- Be aware that finding collaborators who are interested in your research is time-consuming
- Give considerable thought to the type of research project you want to engage in
- Learn as much as you can about the embedded systems or structural rules that will affect, and at times, overrule, how you conduct your research
- Be willing to compromise and accept that perseverance is a key asset during the research process
- Finalize your research question, then sit down and write up a time line
Adapted from Bailey’s Research for the Health Professional, Third Edition, by Angela N. Hissong, Jennifer Lape, and Diana Bailey, ©2015, F.A. Davis, Co. All rights reserved.