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Wiki.png Welcome to WikiProject Original Research!

WikiProject Original Research is dedicated to making any tertiary education approved scholarly research projects, such as: the final year Undergraduate student research project, Masters thesis and Ph.D dissertations available to the public free of charge, in other to be easily accessible and learn by future researchers. At present, the majority of website where a researcher can learn from those who came before her through their work are hardly accessible without hitches like a subscription of some kind. The value of this project should not be underestimated as the availability of related research by people from similar education level can serve as a valuable guide to a new researcher in it area of interest and shades more light on the requirements for a successful research. For example, if you are finding it hard to find materials for your research project, a list of references from a similar research project can point you to the right places to look for materials and in some cases can suggest you a good manual of style for writing certain areas of your work or other useful techniques. Also, you might be lucky to meet on the project talkpage the research owner or a former researcher who maybe willing to lend you some of the materials she purchased to complete the research which also suits your need.

Original research when use properly can improve ones research while also enabling researchers to complete their work in the shortest time possible.

Outside of Wikiafripedia:Mainspace, original research is a key part of scholarly work. However, Wikiafripedia editors to the project mainspace (article) must not base their contributions on their own original research. Wikiafripedia editors to Wikiafripedia:Mainspace must base their contributions on reliable, published sources. Original Research on Wikiafripedia belongs only to the OR-namespaces

Before you begin, note that Original Research (OR) on Wikiafripedia is limited to Seminar:, Research:, Thesis: and Dissertation: namespaces, which going forward is collectively called OR-namespaces. In other words, OR is Not allowed in the Wikiafripedia encyclopedia main: namespace or in other namespaces not mentioned here. For the purpose of this project, an article is considered original research if it is the report of a study written by the researchers who actually did the study, the researchers describe their hypothesis or research question and the purpose of the study, the researchers detail their research methods, the results of the research are reported, the researchers interpret their results and discuss possible implications, see WAP:NOR.

What is NOR?

Wikiafripedia articles must not contain original research outside the OR-namespaces listed above. The phrase "original research" (OR) is used on Wikiafripedia to refer to material—such as facts, allegations, and ideas—for which no reliable, published sources exist.[lower-alpha 1] This includes any analysis or synthesis of published material that serves to reach or imply a conclusion not stated by the sources. To demonstrate that you are not adding OR, you must be able to cite reliable, published sources that are directly related to the topic of the article, and directly support the material being presented. (This policy of no original research does not apply to talk pages and other pages which evaluate article content and sources, such as deletion discussions or policy noticeboards.)

The prohibition against OR means that all material added to articles outside the OR-namespaces must be attributable to a reliable, published source, even if not actually attributed.[lower-alpha 1] The verifiability policy says that an inline citation to a reliable source must be provided for all quotations, and for anything challenged or likely to be challenged—but a source must exist even for material that is never challenged. For example: the statement "the capital of France is Paris" needs no source, nor is it original research, because it's not something you thought up and it is so easily verifiable that no one is likely to object to it; we know that sources exist for it even if they are not cited. The statement is attributable, even if not attributed.

Despite the need to attribute content to reliable sources outside the OR-namespaces, you must not plagiarize them or violate their copyrights. Rewriting source material in your own words, while substantially retaining the meaning of the references, is not considered to be original research.

"No original research" (NOR) is one of three Wikiafripedia:Core content policies that, along with Neutral point of view and Verifiability, determines the type and quality of material acceptable in the Wikiafripedia encyclopedia main namespace and other namespaces not part of the OR-namespaces. Because these policies work in harmony, they should not be interpreted in isolation from one another, and editors should familiarize themselves with all three. For questions about whether any particular edit constitutes original research, see the NOR noticeboard.

How it works

This project has four main features:

  • Shared seminars: a list of seminar papers in the seminar namespace available to anyone.
    • Search this list if you're looking for a presentation and ask the Afripedian who left his or her name for help.
    • Add your own presentation here and in the seminar namespace.
  • Shared projects: a list of undergraduate projects in the project namespace available to anyone.
    • Search this list if you're looking for a project paper and ask the Afripedian who left his or her name for help.
    • Add your own project here and in the project namespace.
  • Shared Thesis: a list of master thesis in the thesis namespace available to anyone.
    • Search this list if you're looking for a thesis paper and ask the Afripedian who left his or her name for help.
    • Add your own master thesis here and in the thesis namespace.
  • Shared dissertations: a list of Ph.D dissertations in the dissertation namespace available to anyone.
    • Search this list if you're looking for a Ph.D dissertation and ask the Afripedian who left his or her name for help.
    • Add your own Ph.D dissertation here and in the dissertation namespace.

Guideline and tips

  • Some of the time, the offered sources are not public domain resources. They may be helpful references, but you are not allowed to publish them, pass them on, use them for commercial purposes or use them verbatim for Wikiafripedia articles.

Input of participants

  • It is assumed that the resources you offer are available to you for free or that you are willing to cover any costs.

Other options

Many researches and other online publications that are normally paid for are available for free for personal use at many departmental libraries, often requiring only a departmental library card, itself available for free to the department students. An inter-departmental library loan service is available at most departmental libraries, in many cases for free. Consider this as an option when you have a specific work in mind. Such a service will almost always be faster and more reliable than this project.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 By "exists", the community means that the reliable source must have been published and still exist—somewhere in the world, in any language, whether or not it is reachable online—even if no source is currently named in the article. Articles that currently name zero references of any type may be fully compliant with this policy—so long as there is a reasonable expectation that every bit of material is supported by a published, reliable source.



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