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Library Research Vs Field Research Paper


Interviews and observations are two components of field research. This kind of research is different in that you generate it yourself, rather than just collecting the work that others have done. It's called "field research" because you go "out in the field" - away from your computer and the library - to conduct it.

When we talk about field research,what we're basically asking is for you to really pay attention to your surroundings. Sure, the wall is white, but what is the texture? What is it made of? Is there drippy paint or portions that have yellowed? How does it make you feel to look at this wall? Is it peaceful? Prison-like?

This is important because not all research is done by other people. Some research is not about looking to experts for information, but about observing and interacting with the world around you. 


By the end of this module, you should:

  • Understand the elements of a good interview, and how to conduct one
  • Understand and be able to conduct an observation

Empirical Article - (Original Research)
Based on experience and observation, rather than systematic logic. (according to MedicineNet.com)

The articles contain original research (such as scientific experiments, surveys and research studies)
A list of references or sources is provided at the end of each article
An editorial board, composed of experts in the field, reviews articles to decide whether they should be accepted; this is also known as "refereed," "peer-reviewed," "professional," "scholarly", or "academic".
Uses a specialized vocabulary for that field.

Below are two websites that explain Empirical articles and research:

Empirical Research: How to Recognize and Locate - http://users.library.fullerton.edu/cbruns/empirical_research.htm

What is an Empirical Article? (from College of Southern Maryland) - http://libguides.csmd.edu/empirical_research


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