Chapter 15: Sharing Your Research

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how to decide what research to share and with whom one should share it.
  • Identify three types of presentation format.
  • Describe the differences between reports for scholarly consumption and reports for public consumption.
  • Define plagiarism and explain why it should be taken seriously.
  • Define dissemination and describe three considerations to keep in mind in order to successfully disseminate your findings.

Most sociologists who conduct research hope that their work will have relevance to others. As such, research is in some ways a public activity. While the work may be conducted by an individual in a private setting, the knowledge gained from that work should be shared with one’s peers and other parties who may have an interest in the findings. Understanding how to share one’s work is an important aspect of the research process.


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