Research literature reflects a variety of forms and serves several purposes and functions. The first part of this book is devoted to introducing student researchers to a few forms of research. The forms presented here are those typically found in graduate programs, though some may be found in other areas of post-secondary education. Those presented in Part I are not the only research literature forms found in graduation education, just the primary ones encountered.
Understanding the functions of the various forms of research is important for selecting and conducting your research project. Keeping the function in mind ensures the research stays focused and fulfills its purpose in scholarly literature. The function of the research also guides how the work is written. The latter sections of Part I will explore the key skills needed to research and write the forms presented.