The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.
Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929)
Research is one of the four genres in writing, “[it] is defined as a human activity based on intellectual application in the investigation matter” []. This genre can be broken down into numerous of sub-genres such as: encyclopedia, laboratory reports, research journals, textbooks, history, and abstracts. Even though, all of these genres are sub-genres of research they still have many different characteristics, some of these sub-genre’s can vary from size, context, an appearance. On the other hand they also have many of the same ideas and theories.
Encyclopedia a work containing factual articles on subjects in every field of knowledge, usually arranged alphabetically. A SUBJECT encyclopedia is a similar work on a single field of activity or a single subject. An encyclopedia can be one volume or many volumes, depending on the amount of material included .
Laboratory Report a provides a formal record of an experiment. The discussion of objectives, procedures, and results should be specific enough that interested readers could replicate the experiment .
Journals Report original research, discoveries, experimentation, reviews, or essays, and are written by and for scholars and researchers in the field. Often published by academic or association presses, journals are peer reviewed by an editor or specialists in the field for accuracy .
The historical method comprises the techniques and guidelines by which historians use primary sources and other evidence to research and then to write history. The question of the nature, and indeed the possibility, of sound historical method is raised in the philosophy of history, as a question of epistemology .
An abstract is a brief summary of the essential points of a book, pamphlet, report, or article. Reading an abstract prior to pulling an article or a book is helpful in determining whether or not the document will be useful in your research .