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When I'm involved in a project with the goal of analyzing (following some previously stated criteria) a set of research papers, which word is more suitable: inquiry or investigation? Or neither? If neither, please let me know what your suggestion is.

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closed as general reference by J.R., kiamlaluno, Matt E. Эллен, Mahnax, MετάEd Aug 29 '12 at 6:49

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Investigation or analysis. – Steven Rumbalski Apr 19 '12 at 21:08
Look up investigate, inquire, investigation, and inquiry in any dictionary. I think investigation is a bit more suitable, but that wouldn't preclude inquiry from being used; there is some overlap of meaning. – J.R. Apr 19 '12 at 21:11
Why do you use interrobang rather than question mark? – Elberich Schneider Apr 19 '12 at 21:27
@AngloSaxon I've modified the question.. thanks for the tip. – Ivan Machado Apr 19 '12 at 23:45
@J.R. that's the point. It's, like, very confusing to decide which word is more suitable, especially in case that I need to write down what I'm really doing, as a task in a research paper, for instance. I should use the most appropriate term. – Ivan Machado Apr 19 '12 at 23:48
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Are you assessing these papers for the purpose of assigning a "grade"? In that case, you are involved in analyzing their inquiries for the purpose of assessment. If you are analyzing these research papers, then you are figuring out distinctive features of each such as validity, reliability, and writing or argument strength. If you are "investigating" these research papers, it sounds more like checking into the originality of each to me.

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Yep, I'm intended to deeply analyze a set of studies and grade them, according to a predefined "quality analysis score". – Ivan Machado Apr 19 '12 at 21:35
Thanks for your answer! – Ivan Machado Apr 19 '12 at 23:45

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