Textbook: Learn to Research

Scientific work is always a product that has its goal and should fulfil its purpose. This applies to every term paper at a university, as well as to presentations, project work and final theses. Oriented in such a way that new knowledge can be created through research, scientific work in studies and professional practice can be successful and helpful.

The premise of this textbook and reference book is: Science is when someone - using scientific methods - creates new knowledge!

Therefore, it is primarily not about techniques, but about a consistently investigative attitude and approach.

Reach your goal in seven steps

Those who follow the approach of this book will no longer want to "write about" something, but rather investigate something - with the passion of a researcher.

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The title of the online course is also the title of the book: Learning research - tips for scientific work.

Because the course is the book and the book is the course.

There are seven chapters. 

The first is an understanding of what science can, wants and should achieve.

Philosophy of science - but made understandable: what does the scientist build on?

His goal: new insights that go beyond previous knowledge.

Internationally renowned researchers have their say: this is about the basics of scientific work. 

In the second chapter you get to know the standards: the quality criteria that apply internationally. 

Clear requirements also for empirical investigations.

Like all chapters, it ends with a task sheet: thinking, researching, formulating answers. 

How do you do research? 

This is revealed in Chapter 3.

Types of research are presented and research paths sketched. 

You will learn how to proceed goal-oriented, step by step, and we will show you how you can meet the different interests of science and practice.

Using a helpful model, we clarify when inductive - i.e. theory-building - is to be used and when deductive - i.e. verifying - research is to be carried out.

Chapter 4 introduces you to the basic elements of a scientific paper, from the formulation of the topic, the problem to be solved and the objective to the appropriate research question.

Dealing with sources, chapter 5: how to find the right literature? How can they be brought into the work? 

What has to be considered - what is not possible?

Wrong handling of sources can end badly. 

Chapter 6 shows you how to correctly incorporate the source information from online databases into your work, with a proven and free literature management program, also called reference manager. 

And Chapter 7 is about the right wording. 

You will find a lot of information there that can lead to a decisive improvement in the quality of your work - if you take it up. 

The first three chapters thus provide the fundamental foundation for your scientific work: the focus on real research, right from the first term paper.

The next three chapters answer the very practical questions from the perspective that you no longer want to write about something, but investigate something.

And in the last chapter you will find help in the challenge of using scientific language.

The keyword index lets you find terms again. 

Thus this book also becomes a reference work for not only the first, but many further scientific works.

The practical examples and task sheets ensure that you can actually apply your research work to your own projects in the end.

This compilation of the basics of scientific research is a textbook of the Veganomics Institute. Also the Veganismus needs for all its facets - ethics, health, ecology, economics etc. - always the respective scientific bases and research results and should constantly in it cooperate.

The principles of science and research naturally also apply to other problems and solution goals. Therefore, this book has been designed to be useful to everyone.

At the same time it serves as a companion book to the online course of the same name - it writes down all video lessons and follows them in its chapter structure and all headlines.



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