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What are the three principles of tidy data? What are the best methods for organizing your research? Consider how you might implement both tidy data and organizational research methods into your scholarly practice.

Tidy data is a method that allows for a way to structure sets of data acquired from research. The three principles of tidy data come from the article called “Tidy Data” which explains it to be ensuring that there is one observation per row, one variable per column, and one item/value per cell. These methods are the best in allowing researchers to extract specific information they’re looking for in a dataset without the frustration of looking through a cluttered set of data. I believe the best methods for organizing your research can be done in many different ways, and there isn’t just one single way that is correct. For example, one good method for organizing your research is to implement tools such as an excel spreadsheet to showcase your data in a way that can be read and understood by readers easily. This method is popular amongst many various fields in the academic world as well as in the professional world. Through the use of an excel spreadsheet, you can choose how narrow and focused you want your categories to be (such as gender, age, race, etc), as well as what types of qualitative or quantitative values you want to showcase (occupation, place of birth, etc). Another example of a good method for organizing your research is to be proactive in managing your data from the start, rather than only organizing it all in the end of your research when everything could easily get mixed together. It’s also important to ask yourself questions prior to your research that can help you narrow your topic down to an actual research question that can be conducted. In my scholarly practice, I believe I might implement both tidy data and organizational research methods through a mixture of all the tips I’ve learned. Especially in the beginning when I’m starting my research, I need to ensure that I ask myself significant questions that will aid me in my search since this is something I usually struggle with. I’ve learned that these questions can be anything that help you narrow your topic down to a question and can be started by asking yourself things such as, “what are you interested in learning about?” “Is it a location, building, people, or community?” “What time period am I focusing on and what was going on in that time?” “Why is this topic important to research?” These are some questions that I believe would help get me ensure I’m on the right track to having organized research and ultimately create an outline for me to get started with. By implementing organizational research methods and tidy data, I can ensure that I produce the best results in my scholarly practice to help myself and other readers understand the importance of my research.

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