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Conducting Scholarly Research


ConductingScholarly Research

While carrying out scholarly research, I have learnt that it isimportant to incorporate ethical issues in any study. Irrespective ofwhether a researcher decides to conduct a primary or secondary study,the research process has to include specific ethical factors ofconsideration (Kamat, 2008). For example, all scholarly research mustbe free from plagiarism. Initially, I tended to believe thatplagiarism only involved copying and pasting material from theinternet. However, with all the referencing styles and citations, Ihave realized that plagiarism goes far beyond just pasting contentfrom the internet. As long as someone’s idea is used without sourceacknowledgement, this amounts to plagiarism. The medium of such asource does not matter.

Ethicality in research has also been a major issue with primaryresearch. Though I had earlier on come across issues such as privacyand confidentiality, knowledge from the module enlightened me furtheron what ethics really are in scholarly research. In fact, I notedthat a scholarly study risks being unsuccessful right from the startwithout proper ethical issues laid down in advance. The ethicalconsiderations form is just one of the tools used to qualify a studyto be viable (Fouka &amp Mantzorou, 2011).

An ethical scholarly research ensures that its methodology isdesigned in line with the ethical issues pre-stated. Any instance ofviolation of the same is likely to disqualify the study on thenotions that it does not keep up with its expectations. Conductingscholarly research, therefore, is highly controlled by ethicalprinciples. Unlike what I believed earlier on, issues such asplagiarism are not as simple as one may take them to be. The bestpart about ethical issues learnt was that plagiarism could not onlyappear as an ethical issue, but may also give rise to legal suits andclaims.

Questionabout doing Scholarly Research

Academically, it is important to use updated material as sources. Forexample, journal articles published not later than 5 years back areconsidered to be the best. What happens in a case where an empiricalresearch article is dated within this time period yet it borrows itstheoretical ideas from and cites sources dated more than 20 yearsback? Does it disqualify to be an appropriate source?


Fouka, G. &amp Mantzorou, M. (2011). What are the major ethicalissues in conducting research? Is there a conflict between researchethics and the nature of nursing? Health Science Journal, vol. 5(1): 3-14. Retrieved fromhttp://www.hsj.gr/medicine/what-are-the-major-ethical-issues-in-conducting-research-is-there-a-conflict-between-the-research-ethics-and-the-nature-of-nursing.pdf

Hudson, J.M. &amp Bruckman, A. (2012). Using empirical data toreason about internet research ethics. Georgia: Georgia Instituteof Technology. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cc.gatech.edu/~asb/papers/conference/hudson-bruckman-ecscw05.pdf

Kamat, P.V. (2008). Research Ethics. Atlanta: National Academyof Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. Retrieved fromhttps://www3.nd.edu/~pkamat/pdf/ethics.pdf