III. Activities Which Solve Problems and Produce Better Knowledge Once you have a general understanding of why to perform experiments and a topic you want to understand you can usually go forward. But sometimes it's hard to decide exactly what activities to engage in, or how to conceptualize the kinds of things you might do in that research area. Often we say we do research in order to discover new information or discover the cause of something or even simply to answer why. Unfortunately these goals don't give beginners much of a handle on what to actually do. If you have difficulty knowing where to start, your research question may be too global for a beginning. Start with a very specific subset, one which will help you understand the big picture but may not solve it all at once. At its most specific a research question is simply a specific research activity. But
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