Professional Practice: Research: the Pursuit of Truth Webster’s collegiate dictionary defines the word research as a diligent search for truth. In fact, the entire field of research is nothing more than the search for truth. The word research comes from the French recerchier, which means to investigate thoroughly or to search for something. Webster states that ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
Professional Practice: Research: the Pursuit of Truth
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  • Peter R. Johnson
    Genesis Health Ventures, Tampa FL
    Column Editor
  • Maggie Lee Huckabee
    The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Professional Practice
Article   |   October 01, 2000
Professional Practice: Research: the Pursuit of Truth
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2000, Vol. 9, 13-17. doi:10.1044/sasd9.3.13
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2000, Vol. 9, 13-17. doi:10.1044/sasd9.3.13
Webster’s collegiate dictionary defines the word research as a diligent search for truth. In fact, the entire field of research is nothing more than the search for truth. The word research comes from the French recerchier, which means to investigate thoroughly or to search for something. Webster states that research is a “strenuous inquiry or examination, especially: investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of excepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or physical application of such new are revised theories or laws.” Research is also viewed as the process of collecting data about a specific subject. A synonym for research is the word investigation. This word is derived from the Latin investigatus, which means to track, to study or observe, by systematic inquiry or examination (Webster’s, 2000).
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