Edit: to anyone who stumbles across this It seems that this is a nonce word, and the intention, disappointingly, is unclear.
In the Wikipedia page on Josiah Willard Gibbs, a quote from one of his former students invokes a difference between research and résearch.
The full quote is:
Gibbs was not an advertiser for personal renown nor a propagandist for science; he was a scholar, scion of an old scholarly family, living before the days when research had become résearch ... Gibbs was not a freak, he had no striking ways, he was a kindly dignified gentleman. - E. B. Wilson, 1931
I have bolded the phrase, but the first part of the word is italicized in the original, not by me.
I've looked in a couple online dictionaries (including the OED), but I can't seem to find the latter word.
Is résearch an English word? If so, what does it mean, and what distinguishes it from research?