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Research...method?
« on: April 11, 2016, 08:43:09 PM »
A question on this forum was asked about research. I wanted to ask:

Do you have a standardized routine when doing research for an article or is more of "as-needed" kind of thing?

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2016, 11:34:59 PM »
I research based on the project that I am working on. I try to time my research because if I just jump in without watching the clock, I can spend hours researching and getting sidetracked. I tend to do an hour of research in the morning and an hour in the evening.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2016, 06:18:30 AM »
I only do research on the subject that I am working on, so it is as needed basis. I too worry that I would get carry away from sites to sites so I must limit myself to certain time. I also try to only read reliable and reputable sites for quoting purpose.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2016, 06:55:36 AM »
Usually, when I'm writing an article, I try to devote days and times for researching it before actually writing it. For example, the whole week, I'd spend it researching about the topic for about an hour or two each day. Since I have other online jobs, that's the most time I can devote on research. Then, I'll bookmark the pages and try to read or scan it.

During the weekend, that's when I'll write my article. Since I have bookmarked all the articles or studies, I can go back whenever something confuses me. I don't really write down the article. I just type it directly to my word document. And then I'll add the references at the end of my article.

That's really all that I do. I just publish one article per week because I do have other priorities than my blog. It's not yet that lucrative to be my only source of income really.


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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2016, 05:23:05 PM »
My research method depends strongly on what I'm researching. In general, if I'm writing an academic paper, I stick to strictly academic articles and sources; I can usually find them online but if not, off to the university library. If I'm writing a blog post, I use google and then choose the most reliable/reputable sites, NOT wikipedia. If I find a secondary source (like another blog post or a wikipedia article) I try to backtrack to the primary sources used in that article's creation and use those. I try to keep my searches as specific and narrow as I can and I limit my research time based on how much time the thing I'm writing is worth. A 300-word blogmutt post that only pays $8 gets a lot less research than a direct client post that pays  $50-75. And both of those get less than an academic essay that might pay $100 or more depending on length. Of course, length matters too. I don't need enough research to write 1000 words if I only need to write 300. Keeping a narrow focus and not getting lost enjoying my researching is something that I work at. I like to research stuff.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2016, 09:26:10 PM »
Before when I am still doing Article writing jobs I always make it sure that before I make my final writing I have to research first what is the topic of writing is all about that is given to me for submission.  Then after making thorough various researches I gather and write down all the ideas that is related to that topic and then I will just choose which one makes the most impressive thoughts that I can use to make my final writing easy to read and understand.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2016, 09:57:50 PM »
Most of what I write now is stuff I know a bit about which helps cut down research. But sometimes it is good to get numbers and other facts in place. Currently the only real research I do as of lately is job related for offline and online jobs.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2016, 01:00:53 PM »
I go along with workathome gal. I tend to write more often on topics I already know something about, if they are available. This cuts down on research time, and allows me to write an introduction more or less off the top of my head, so that I can get maybe 100 words down with little research. From there, I will do a more in depth study of the topic, and see what I can gather from available resources.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2016, 01:12:29 PM »
I've only done a few paid writing assignments, so my answer is definitely research as I go. In the past, I have had a few blogs where I would write on topics, and I'd do a little research ahead of time, but the topics were of my choosing, and the blogs were unpaid. There are some sites where you can write whatever you want, and in those cases, I might do some research ahead of time, first of all, to narrow my topic, and secondly, to discern how crowded that topic is. I wouldn't waste time on a topic that was already saturated, and usually wouldn't want to be the first writing on a subject and paving the way, without a guarantee of pay, since that would involve a lot more work.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2016, 08:08:51 PM »
I prefer to write about topics I know and I like, so I can limit the research time and I can't start to write right away. But that's not always possible so I need to do some in-depth research from time to time. If I know the topic, I spend very little time doing research, but if I have no idea about what I'm going to write, I research until I'm satisfying with my knowledge.
Like some of you, I need to limit my research time, because otherwise I could go on for hours and it wouldn't be worth it anymore.
It depends on the pay too. If I'm writing a 10$ article, I try to spend as little as possible researching, but if I'm getting a good amount of money, I don't mind the extra research.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2016, 11:58:19 PM »
I always research a subject I'm writing anything of length on. I mean real research with citations and references, not rewording what other people have said to fill a word count. Some get past a plagiarism checker that way, but it still isn't real research and they are still borrowing other peoples work. Real research and original thought take time and effort.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2016, 12:32:40 AM »
I let my thoughts carry me as far as they will go. I take notes for what needs to be researched as I am writing. Then at the spur of the moment, I cut away to do some research, enough to carry me through that cycle of thought. then back to my writing, etc. And I just keep doing like that until it is done.

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Re: Research...method?
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2016, 11:38:02 AM »
It depends on what it is I'm writing. If it's something I know a lot about then I probably don't even need to do a lot of research and will only check things like dates or maybe how to spell something if it's a complex thing I'm writing about. I've done a few medical articles so for those I've had to make sure the medical name for things was spelled correctly, but the conditions themselves that the articles spoke about I knew well already. If it's a subject I don't know particularly well though then I'll start off with very basic research to learn basic facts and then look for some more in depth things to include within the article. It depends how long the article will be too though. The longer it is the more research I'll do.

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