The following is a template or an outline of how to write a research paper in MLA format.
William Ballard (Name)
14 February 2012 (Date)
“There is No Hope of Doing Perfect Research,” (Griffiths, 1998, p97). Do You Agree?
In order to agree or disagree with Griffiths (1998, p97), “There is No Hope of Doing Perfect Research”; one must first grasp a full understanding of what the word research really means. The word research, as defined by dictionary.reference.com, means to diligently and systematically investigate into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc. The above is the definition when used in a noun form, but when used in the verb form it means to investigate carefully and/or thoroughly. Like Griffiths, I too believe that there is no hope of doing “perfect” research. In this assignment you will “research” into my own opinionated beliefs of why I believe this above statement is true.
If research was “perfect” can you imagine how our lives would be today? Can you imagine not having your smartphone glued to your hip? Could you imagine never upgrading your black and white television set to the latest HD flat screen? The list can go on and on. If research was indeed “perfect”, there would be no improvement in our lives today; our knowledge of just about any matter would be limited, and life would be much more challenging than what it is today (of course this statement could be left to debate).
An example demonstrating “there is no hope of doing perfect research” (Griffiths, 1998, p97), can be noted from a study by ana7071, she did a research study a few years ago about our wondrous solar system. Ana said “while growing up she was continuously educated on the fact that there were nine planets in our solar system”, she also mentioned that History.com was the resource used to come up with her findings and this source verified the information and/or research to be true.
Ana7071 mentioned in her findings that on 18 February 1930, Tombaugh discovered the tiny distant planet by the use of a new (new in the 1930s) astronomic technique of photographic plates combined with a blink microscope. Tombaugh’s discovery was confirmed by several astronomers and on the 13 of March 1930 Pluto was publicly announced as a planet.
However, in August of 2006 a new research was done by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and it was in this study that the IAU stripped Pluto of its “Planet- hood”. The IAU announced that Pluto was no longer a planet due to new rules that stated planets must clear the neighborhood around its orbit (History.com). Therefore the knowledge (power) of nine planets had vanished away never to be seen again or heard of again (unless of course new research is put into play). The ninth planet of our great solar system was killed due to research. If research was perfect there would be no reason to revise or reinvestigate into previously “proven” theories. This is a perfect example of why “there is no hope of doing perfect research” (Griffiths, 1998, p97).