A previous post discussed how intuition could be crucial in research, especially during the execution of complex experiments. The claim was: the best way to improve intuition is learning and thus knowing more. The way I see it, there are two ways of learning: active and passive. An effective researcher must be good at both. Active learning happens in the performance zone, so by doing things, practising and gaining experience. This post is rather about systematic passive learning, namely literature search. Literature search gives an overview of what is known and not known, defining the overall course of the research project. It is usually the first technical step in a project and it is an ongoing process ending only with the project closure. Literature search, as many would think, is not simply digging into articles, books, notes, in other words printed material though. There are other dimensions of gathering useful information… Coming soon.
Dr. Cagri Üzüm