Topic: There is No Hope of Doing Perfect Research

No Perfect Research

Topic: There is No Hope of Doing Perfect Research

Griffith’s remark that “There is no hope of doing perfect research” is a statement I definitely concur. Nothing is perfect because there always will be something incomplete and/or defective in doing research. Perfection means something flawless and without errors. By definition, doing research is a process filled with flaws and errors. Moreover, people have different definitions of doing research, using their own approaches, theories, standards, methodologies, analyses, interpretations, and conclusions. Though doing research is meant to be objective, even scientific investigation is filled with errors, biases, misinterpretations, and fallacies. Nevertheless, there is no hope of doing perfect research because of the problems with issues, data, sources, time, money, energy, and manpower to name a few things.

            The problems of convoluted issues and abundant data make it impossible to do perfect research. Studying the etymology of the word research, one can see that “re,” which means to do something again, and the other part of the word, “search,” is to look for something. Therefore, research is the process of searching for something over and over again; in other words, there cannot be any perfection in the mere act of research, for it entails analyzing, examining, investigating, and exploring the matter (s) over and over again. Research is a never ending process that is constant. In addition, in doing research, whether in the physical or social sciences, researchers do and often come up with different conclusions, using the same data, theories, topics, samples, equipment, etc. In this modern scientific age of technology that gives the researcher access to information over the Internet, countless new data is continually being added and accumulated quickly and constantly. Thus, a researcher or groups of researchers cannot gather all the data on a topic ( Furthermore, the numerous issues are complicated, and cannot completely be examined in their entirety; there always will be never ending questions, themes, theories, subjects, and matters to analyze. For instance, when I was writing a paper at the University of California at San Diego, I had to use primary source materials, which was very time consuming because I had to gather many records, documents, and files necessary for my topic. In addition, of the sources I had collected, there was so much data that I would need several years just to research adequately my topic. 

            The problems of sources and time also make it impossible to do perfect research. It is not humanly possible to examine all the sources relevant to a topic, or read every article, book, thesis, dissertation, essay, manuscript, review, record, and other documentation to do it justice.  In addition, very crucial works, records, documents, and data may be missing, inaccessible, destroyed, damaged, or illegible for the researcher to use. I should know because it happened to me. I was researching my dissertation topic for the University of Stony Brook at the government archive, and I needed a primary source item, but I could not examine it because it was considered an invaluable document that researchers could not use. To do perfect research means to cover all the relevant issues within the topic; no topic can be researched perfectly, for research is constantly evolving. Given the time constraints that always exist, whether it is school and/or work, a researcher can only examine a few topics and issues, or the research would become too unmanageable. Doing research is very time consuming work. Frankly, there is not enough time, in the day, week, month or year, to do all the research required (

            Finally, it is impossible to do perfect research because of money, energy, and manpower. Research involves lots of money to obtain the necessary materials. The researcher must often photocopy or buy materials for the research because frequently the library or libraries consulted do not have the items requested, or have fees required to pay for them. Therefore, research is very expensive, and, as a rule, schools, governments and companies-- the primary sources of funding for research and researchers-- do not have the money required to fund the costly investigations of their students, citizens, and employees. In addition, research involves a great deal of energy. A researcher must be able to spend countless hours searching for relevant works. Last, doing perfect research requires an unlimited manpower, which one individual researcher could not fulfill. Since research is so filled with problems, many researchers would be needed to investigate a topic adequately, and even then, it would not come close to perfection. Schools, government and companies do not have enough money to pay for the countless manpower in researchers needed to work adequately on their research.

            In conclusion, I agree with Griffith’s remark that  “There is no hope of doing perfect research.”  It is impossible to do perfect research  because of the problems with issues, data, sources, time, money, energy, and manpower to name a few things. Researchers have insatiable appetites for learning new information, so they always will conduct research to address the countless imperfections that exist in their world.


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