The Use of Statistics in Research Definition of Research We hear the word "research" daily in the classroom, when talking to friends, and in the news, but what exactly does it mean? Etymologically, research is descended from the Old French term "sercher" which means "to search" (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 2011). More specifically, according to Martyn Shuttleworth, "in the broadest sense of the word, the definition of research includes any gathering of data, information and facts for the advancement of knowledge" (Shuttleworth, 2000). This definition is quite broad; it can encompass most things from history to literature to private investigations to coupon collecting to a feminist interpretation of Shakespeare, up to and including...The end:
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