Basic Versus Applied Research

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  • The difference between the two kinds of research lies in their respective aims. Basic research refers to research aimed at acquiring new, fundamental knowledge and theoretical under standing about basic human and other natural processes without any particular application in view. Applied research also is conducted as an original investigation to acquire new knowledge, but it is primarily directed toward practical objectives with the aim of providing relatively immediate solutions.

    10.4135/9781412972024.n208

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