What are the advantages of research

Research is essential in academic study to allow a person to build on their existing knowledge. There are numerous routes to research a subject, each with their own advantages and

What are the advantages of research

Research is essential in academic study to allow a person to build on their existing knowledge. There are numerous routes to research a subject, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. For this essay I am going to focus on four methods; internet, text books, television and professional journals. In modern society a common research tool used is the internet, one if its key advantages is its accessibility. Most people have access to the internet throughout the day and night; at home, on the move via mobile phones and tablets, education premises, workplace and public libraries, this creates flexibility and allows people to research information at a time and place convenient to them. Another strength is the amount of informationshow more content
The content in text books is generally accurate and of good quality due to it being well researched itself and being subject to review and quality checks by the publisher. In addition, the format of a text book makes it easy to locate the information required and simple to book mark key points for future use. Another strength is the details necessary for referencing the source are clearly presented. Some disadvantages of using text books are the physical and financial barriers to accessing them. Copies available in libraries may be limited and the time needed to visit a library could be restricted by an individuals personal commitments. To purchase a text book can be expensive and often difficult to source locally. In addition, written sources can become outdated, e.g. new theories and discoveries could be made which consequently make the content inaccurate or irrelevant. Television and radio as a research tool can be a welcome alternative to reading. The benefits being that information displayed in a visual or audio format can in some instances be understood better than on paper, presented in an engaging manner making it more interesting and holding the viewers attention. In addition, radio/podcasts can be listened to whilst additional tasks are completed, e.g. driving, walking the dog. The negative side being the narrative can be at a fast pace resulting in note taking being restricted and essential facts not

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