I have heard a lot about people doing research and writing papers about it, but I’m not sure in which cases the papers would be called a research paper.
Here are a few hypothetical example cases I could think of:
- A found a technique to increase clock speed of microprocessors
- B did research on life on a historical person by visiting people and places related to him. She/He found new information and She/he was first to successfully join the bits of information about that persons life.
- C researched about a writer. She/He did not find anything new, She/he just collected various information from different sources and put it together.
- D used sources like internet and books to show how technology X is very essential for doing Y. Although this may be obvious to some, no one has written about it before.
Assuming each of them writes about their work, who would write a research paper? When is something called a research paper?
My Internet research so far was not successful, as I did not understand the concept of a research paper and everyone said something different.