Avoiding Dangers of Data Search

referencing and note taking

There are several dangers wherein a researcher may easily fall into. Two of them are the most common and can easily be trapped into. Here is a brief explanation of both.

 1. Becoming Biased to Our Answer

This leads to the avoidance of critical reading. If we find data that support our claim or answer our questions, we may stop reading carefully and critically. It will make our research more superficial than an in-depth analysis. It also leads to the distortion of data and may not answer the research question.

2. Not Taking Notes

Taking careful and proper notes is of paramount importance. It is natural that after sometimes, note taking becomes tiresome and boring. A researcher may either become careless or sloppy in note taking or may drop it altogether. The dangers are obvious: inadvertent plagiarism and the inability to refer to the data later.

How to take notes of the references?

Referencing the research work is one of the most important tasks. It is vitally important to record all references on note pad or electronically and record as many details as possible. Generally speaking the following details should be recorded at minimum.

Noting Book References

  1. Author
  2. Title
  3. Editor/translator
  4. Edition
  5. Volume
  6. Place of publication
  7. Publisher
  8. Date of publication
  9. Page numbers or chapters

 Noting  Journals’ References

  1. Author
  2. Title including subtitle of article
  3. Title of journal
  4. Volume and issue number
  5. Date
  6. Page numbers of article

Noting Online Sources

  1.  Full URL
  2. Date of access
  3. Webmaster, if any


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