What is Research?

Research is a systematic investigation designed to extend the knowledge of what is already known of the physical, biological, or social world. Research consists of asking a question that has not been asked before, taking the necessary steps to discover the answer, and then presenting the knowledge acquired to a larger audience.

So what does that mean? 

  • Research is learning how new knowledge is generated
  • Research is generating new knowledge
  • Research is disseminating results through publishing your work

The overall goal of the research process is to produce new knowledge.

Research is done by faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, technicians, and undergraduates (YOU!). It is done in academic institutions, industry, government agencies, foundations, private agencies, and nonprofits.