Originality vs. Authorities: 5 steps to create the balance in your Research

Wondering what will make your research paper original? Or what will make your research more authoritative? Or you are confused between maintaining the balance?

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We all have thought about this at least once, what makes our content looks more authentic?

Why to deny, as students originality of our content holds primacy over anything else. While writing research papers, we usually borrow ideas from already existing source of information and frame them accordingly.

Will this be an original content for your research paper?

Follow the below mentioned steps and find it out yourself.

Step-1: Use a hypothesis or research question and keep in mind the purpose of the study

You have the topic, you read all the existing literature, etc., but if you do not know the purpose of writing the research paper you will have a tough time writing one. Having a research question to answer through your research paper is the best value you can add to your reader’s existing knowledge. The purpose of the research can be motivated by various reasons, like a cause, curiosity, knowledge dissemination, etc., all you have to do is find one for yourself.

Step 2: Do not try and summarize what is already known in a new manner

As you have read so many things online and there will be so many things you found attractive but do not try to steal the credits by presenting it in a new manner. Give due credits whenever required. If you have concluded something on your own then you are good to go, if you have not then give the credits. Do not try to convert active to passive voice and vis-à-vis. There is no short cut when it comes to originality.

Step 3: Address an old problem in a new way using methodological or theoretical implications on existing body of knowledge

When you have determined the purpose and question, it is possible that it is already exists. You can devise the methodology through which you address it in a new manner and provide solutions in accordance with it. You can do analysis of the existing literature, methods and show pitfalls and new approach towards the solution. This will depict your originality of approach towards the existing problem. Always try to contribute through your ideas.

Step 4: Use observations, experiments, or new approaches to solve existing problems.

This is usually done when a researcher conducts a primary research. There can be a question you wish to answer but various tangible factors like age, lifestyle, preferences, etc., of the respondents might differ from time to time. If your data is secondary, do not worry we still have something for you. You can use existing observations and experiments; then use a new approach which is devised by you to solve the problem. Statistics always show the development of the research topic and adds to your authenticity.

Step 5: Interpret your results and discuss possible implications

Once you have collected substantial amount of data for your research, try interpreting the results; by this you can showcase the difference to your readers. It is also advisable that you share implications of your research as well. Many researchers do not do this, which shows that they do not have any authentic contribution towards the research conducted. You should avoid such mistakes because no one should doubt your credibility in any capacity.

By now, you have already found that your content is original and you have successfully managed to maintain a balance. Students avoid such instances where they do not add their own perspective towards the research paper. There will be thousands of research papers, but what makes your research paper different, is what you have to decide.