Research Journal

Research, of any kind, is a journey. You begin with an idea, a hunch, a nagging problem and it unfolds over time. To not keep a journal would be like taking a long trip and visiting many interesting places and taking no photographs, movies, notes, or collecting any memorabilia.

When you come to write a report or a thesis, having a record of what you have done and why, what you were thinking about when you opted to try a particular method or collect certain kinds of data will be invaluable.

What goes in a journal?

As much or as little as you want to write but remember the more you write, the better an account you will have of your researhc journey and the easier it will be to prepare reports and theses that will describe your journey.

While keeping notes or a journal are a matter of taste here is a couple of examples. Also, it is always valuable to read back over your journal from time to time, reflect, maybe annotate some points you recorded and so on.

20th February 2010, 8pm Reading Cresswell p.3. Seems simple enough, ask a question, collect data about it, provide an answer. Hmmmmm.

20th February 2010, 9.30pm There seems to be a lot of online tips and advice for doing most of the bits of research (I think). An Amazing number of books as well. How on earth do you make sense of it all? Best get back to thinking about my own question.

Here is a small set of notes concerned with keeping a research journal.

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