Researching has undergone a transformative process since the invention of the internet. It is no longer business as usual as scholars and students turn to the web en masse as the source of scholarly information. Thus, researching has never been the same again as scholars wade through millions of electronic databases looking for information for their research. Such an environment can be murky especially with limited regulation of what is genuine and what is not on the internet. This paper is a project to analyze the influence of technology on contemporary academic research.

Academic researching has been transformed by the technological advancements that have been sweeping almost all the areas of human lives. New media are introduced in the field of research daily and more and more people are becoming connected to the internet in what has come to be known as globalization. It is common to find scholars avoiding the traditional libraries to do their research in their homes and come up with reliable research findings. Researching has undergone a transformative process since the invention of the internet. It is no longer business as usual as scholars and students turn to the web en masse as the source of scholarly information.

Thus, researching has never been the same again as scholars wade through millions of electronic databases looking for information for their research. Such an environment can be murky especially with limited regulation of what is genuine and what is not on the internet. Academic research thus is faced with a challenge of reliability since the web contains a lot of information that is not authenticated. The technological transformative process that is led by the invention of the internet is on a larger scale responsible for these challenges.

However, understanding of the actual influence of technology is important in trying to gauge the level of academic research that is going on in our universities. It should be noted that, arguably technology has had both positive and negative influence on academic research. Cases of plagiarism have increased and people are using other people’s work without acknowledging them. This paper is a project to study researching and carry out research on the available literature on the topic of researching in academic research.

Project 1

1. Name: Shae Lempka

2. Discipline: Researching

3. Research question:

How has contemporary academic researching evolved with technology? 

4. Keywords & synonyms

Contemporary: modern, present, current, up-to-date

Academic: scholarly, scholastic, learned, pedantic, intellectual collegiate, erudite

Researching: analyzing, delving, examining, experimenting, exploration, fact-finding, groundwork, inquiry, investigating, probing, scrutinizing, studying

Evolved:  developed, educed, enlarged, expanded, grew, increased, matured, progressed, unfolded

Technology:  technique, application, knowhow, innovation, invention    

5. ScienceDirect Electronic database, SAGE Journals
EBSCOhost

6. Search statements

(Contemporary OR modern OR present OR current OR up-to-date) AND academic (scholarly OR scholastic OR learned OR pedantic OR intellectual) AND researching (analyzing OR examining OR experimenting)

“Contemporary academic” AND researching (analyzing OR examining OR experimenting) AND technology (application OR knowhow OR innovation OR invention) 

“Contemporary academic researching” AND technology (application OR knowhow OR innovation OR invention) 

7. Citation in correct APA format

Orey, M. A. &  Nelson, W.A. (1993). Development principles for intelligent tutoring systems: Integrating cognitive theory into the development of computer-based instruction. Educational Technology Research and Development, 41 (1), 59-72, doi: 10.1007/Bf02297092

8. Database name:

EBSCOhost

9. Subject terms

Contemporary academics

Academic research

Technology

The information in this project will form the basis of project two with annotation of more sources that will be used in the final essay. Researching has received considerable studies from scholars in that field and it is expected that databases and scholarly journals will be used in writing this essay.

In conclusion, the essay addresses the question of how researching, especially academic research is influenced by the modern technological advancements including the availability of e-books, databases, and the internet as a whole. Its findings illustrates that technology has both positive and negative influences on the way academic research is done in institutions of higher learning and other research institutions.

Project 2

Name: Shae Lempka

Research question: What are the influences of advanced technological development on the academic research in contemporary learning environment?

Shugan, S. M. (2004). The impact of advancing technology on marketing and academic research. Marketing Science, 23(4), 469-475. Retrieved from: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30036682

This article examines the dynamism in the area of academic research especially with the proliferation of technological tools such as databases and the web. Initially, academic research used a backward approach in that the research depended on the past information to carry out research on future topics, in what one scholar aptly described as, “standing on the shoulders of giants in order to the future”. However, technology has characteristically changed the way scholars carry out their research in a way that it is now possible to see the future without standing on the shoulders of giants. This can be done through laboratories and experiments. Steven M. Shugan is a renowned scholarly writer who has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on the use of technological tools to carry out research on almost every discipline. He has also collaborated with other scholars in writing on topics that concerns the use of technology to carry out an academic research. Many of his articles are published in scholarly journals and therefore are reliable and recommended for my research. This article is current and presents ideas about enhanced search services, biometrics and smart cards, enhanced computational speed, and GPS tracking as an example of technological tools that are transforming the way modern academic research is done.

This article was found in Emerald Fulltext and SIRS Issues Researcher.

Dill, D. D. & Beerkens, M. (2010). Public policy for academic quality: Analyses of innovative policy instruments. New York, NY: Springer.

Livingstone, S. (2003). Children's use of the internet: reflections on the emerging research agenda. New Media and Society, 5(2), 147-166. doi: 10.1177/1461444803005002001

This article was found in SAGE Journals

Fischer, K. S., Wright, M., Clatanoff, K. & Barton, H. (2012).  Give ’em what they want: A one-year study of unmediated patron-driven acquisition of e-books. College & Research Libraries, 73, (5), 469-492. Retrieved from http://crl.acrl.org/content/73/5/469.abstract

This article was found in American Library Association

Altbach, P. G. (2004). Globalization and the university: Myths and realities in an unequal world. Tertiary Education and Management, 10(1), 3-25, doi: 10.1023/b:team.0000012239.55136.4b

This article is a summary of the impact of internet globalization on university education and by extension academic research carried out in institutions of higher learning. This article was aimed at bringing to light the influence of technology on academic research in the contemporary learning environment. Philip G. Altbach is a renowned scholar who has written numerous scholarly articles on the topic of higher learning, academic research, and educational technology for the past twenty years. This article is published in a scholarly journal and has referenced several scholarly works that relate to the topic of discussion. Altbach has discussed how academic research has been influenced by technological advancement in an objective manner. He comes out as an unbiased contributor arguing equally for positive and negative influence of technology on academic research in a modern learning environment. All his arguments are factual and are based on analytical evidences. An inference from the information in this article indicate that academic research has been largely influenced by the availability of technological tools, including the web, which have hitherto transformed the way students and scholars carry out their research. This finding is in tandem with my hypothesis in this research project that academic research is no longer done in the same way it was done two decades ago, or rather before the invention of the web. Thus, I am going to use the findings in this article in demonstrating the points in my paper.

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