Each academic discipline has its own definition of research. Research can be a process of discovery, a process of interpretation, or the development of solutions to a problem. Academic research generally entails in-depth analysis and systematic inquiry that leads to new results, meanings, or products.
At the Office of Student Research, research is an inclusive term that includes many forms of inquiry, scholarly creativity, and innovation. Student research is systematic inquiry or investigation conducted by a student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.
Student research encompasses diverse activities that occur in the context of specific courses or as independent scholarship. Illinois State University provides opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to develop research and scholarly inquiry skills.
The Office of Student Research fosters all kinds of student research, creative scholarship, and innovation that is:
Student research projects may be:
However, faculty mentorship and disciplinary standards are the key to student research at Illinois State.
The best way to learn about research is to talk to your instructors, advisors, a librarian or your peers who are engaged in research close to your interests. You can also email us for more information at StudentResearch@IllinoisState.edu if you are unsure where to start.
Sometimes it is intimidating to ask faculty about opportunities to do research with them. You might fear that you are unqualified or under-prepared for research. Most faculty however, will be flattered that you want to work with them. An easy way to express your interest is to send an email that expresses your interest in working with the instructor, asks what kinds of opportunities may be available, and inquires about any skills or training required.
Whether it is a class project or independent research, Milner Library can help you get the tools and resources you need.
In addition to the large collection of books, journals, and newspapers, available on-campus, Milner Library’s I-Share provides free access to materials available at 90 academic libraries in Illinois.
If you need customized help, Milner Librarians are happy to help.
DID YOU KNOW that there are Subject Librarians who can help you find resources specific to your discipline?
Visit the Chat with Us Page . Your Milner librarians answer questions about using the library and library research by phone, via chat, text, and email.