The Research Imperative

The need for knowledge is the rule I didn't mention directly, yet this need is an imperative behind every college paper you write. And the primary way of coming to knowledge in the academic community is through research—conducting your own investigations of the world and reading the results of what others have found in their investigations. Research papers and papers based on research will be among your most common academic assignments.

Authentic research begins with yourself, when you ask questions and look for answers. In looking, you pose more questions, talk to people, dig in libraries, and scan the Web. It's not easy, but it's sometimes fun. And always you are present, the guiding curiosity and controlling intelligence, trying to find something out.

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