Collaborating with Others
You may have thought of your research paper as being your own personal project, but there are benefits to collaborating with someone else when you perform your own research. You can collaborate on this segment of your paper and then do the rest of it on your own.
You may not be aware of the benefits of researching with someone else. Performing research is an intense, time-consuming process. No matter which method of research you decide to use, it is helpful to have someone working with you. You can always use more than one viewpoint when it comes to designing the research, asking questions, and interpreting the results. If you are working with someone on your project, you are more likely to receive higher amounts of funding, and your paper may be more likely to eventually be published.
If this is your first research project, you could benefit from working with a mentor. Many universities have mentoring programs whereby faculty members or people from the professional community work alongside a student on their research. This teaches the student many things. It helps the student understand how to run research procedures without making costly mistakes. It gives the student access to labs and equipment that he or she otherwise may not be able to use. It teaches the student to follow proper safety procedures. A peer review also can be helpful. This allows the student to gain feedback from others who are not closely involved with the research project and may be able to clearly see things that the researcher missed.