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5 tips to consider for newbie researchers
While I am still a final year undergraduate conducting a research, here are few tips on the perspective of a student based on my experience which, I would like to share for the newbies
(1) Choose a domain that would always wake you up when you are absolutely exhausted :/
Research is a continuous year-long process, it’s definitely going to be a pain unless otherwise, you take some time to do a little bit of Googling and find a domain that you would find it interesting.
Tip ** DO NOT THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO RESEARCH ABOUT WHEN CHOOSING THE RESEARCH AREA **
(2) Get a clear understanding of your domain including its ins and outs.
Once you are done with selecting your interested area, start your literature review. A literature review is nothing but simply referring to previous researches. This would give you an understanding of what’s happening in the research world in the chosen domain.
Tip ** HAVING AN UNDERSTANDING OF PREVIOUS RESEARCHES ON YOUR AREA IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR PATH AND HOW YOU ARE GOING TO DO IT**
(3) Don’t be mad at yourself when the path of your research is changing ;)
Do not be mad at yourself when you are not getting it right the first time; after all, research is about finding a new information and it would continually be changing. And, Trust me everybody else is also traveling in the same boat as you.
(4) Use Tools for Referencing and to track your progress
Initially, it wouldn’t appeal as much important to use a referencing tool but throughout the end of the process in the documentation, the usage of a referencing tool becomes significant. So, it’s ideal you begin using freely available tools at the initial stage itself.
(5) Follow the guidance, advice, and feedback from your supervisor and experts
The very most important tip is to follow the guidance, advice, and feedback given by your supervisor and experts. Getting feedback and keeping them updated of your progress is a key to delivering a quality research.
I hope this helps and gives an overall idea for the beginners. Thank You for your time and I am open to feedback and comments.