Primary Research Methods: Taking the Right Approach Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Practice with this Conducting Primary Research Worksheet to check if you recognize when primary research is viable and to answer specific questions about research on a specific topic. By completing 10 exercises, you improve your research capabilities and research writing skills.
Primary Research Methods: Taking the Right Approach

Instructions

For the first five exercises, determine if the provided topic is conducive to primary research. Explain your answer. For the last five exercises, follow the instructions, and answer any questions posed to you.

  • Topic: Does reincarnation exist?
    Does this topic warrant the use of primary research?
    Explain your answer.

  • Topic: How does your local community feels about a national health care program?
    Does this topic warrant the use of primary research?
    Explain your answer.

  • Topic: What are the human causes of increased greenhouse gases?
    Does this topic warrant the use of primary research?
    Explain your answer.

  • Topic: What are the effects of frequent exercise on childhood obesity?
    Does this topic warrant the use of primary research?
    Explain your answer.

  • Topic: Does the drought of 2012 impact local food prices?
    Does this topic warrant the use of primary research?
    Explain your answer.

  • Pick one of the topics from the first five exercises that you identified as warranting the use of primary research, or use another topic for which you think primary research is viable. Write your topic choice in the below space.

  • If you were conducting primary research on the topic you selected in exercise #6, what would you want to find out about the topic?

  • If you were conducting primary research on the topic you selected in exercise #6, what primary research method would you use? Why?

  • If you were conducting primary research on the topic you selected in exercise #6, who are the ideal participants for your research, and how would you gain access to them?

  • If you were conducting primary research on the topic you selected in exercise #6, can you list any biases you have regarding the topic? If they exist, how would you eliminate the biases?