Reasonably Exhaustive Research
By Elizabeth Shown Mills
- process the findings,
- interpret each document,
- correlate all the details,
- evaluate the whole body of evidence, and
- seek out new findings based on clues in what we've found.
Then we repeat the process until
- we have a clear, logical, and convincing solution, with all contradictions resolved; and
- we can say that our solution is based not only on the use of all relevant sources but also upon the application of all relevant methods and strategies, to find the less obvious evidence that could strengthen or invalidate our conclusion.
And yes. This fits a lot of people's definition of unreasonably exhausting research. But, like a good workout at the gym, amid the effort we discover that it turns from exhausting to exhilarating—and our work from that point on is much stronger.
Did I meet my word limit? No. That's where I always fail.
Posted 4 March 2016
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