Research Methodology: Ins and Outs

By Bhagyashree Sonwane, Indore Institute of Law, Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Indore, M.P, India.

Research refers to the systematic search of a particular topic or issue. In other words it can be defined as art of searching knowledge. The Oxford defines it as “The systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.” According to Redman and Mory(1923), Research is a “systematized effort to gain new knowledge”. Thus, we can say that research is an attempt to pursue advancement through methods of study, observations, results, conclusions and experiments. According to Clifford Woody research comprises defining and redefining problems, formulating hypothesis or suggested solutions; collecting, organizing and evaluating data; making deductions and reaching conclusions; and at last carefully testing the conclusion to determine whether they fit the formulating hypothesis. In short, the search of knowledge through objective and proper method of drawing conclusions and solutions to a particular problem is research. (more…)