I’m a high school student who’s been working at a university lab as an intern, and this has been on my mind for a while.
The amount of scientific literature/papers in any field is obviously staggering. To me, it seems like there’s no possible way to have read all of it. So, assuming I were a full-blown researcher/professor…
- How would I be sure that my research actually does add something novel to the field?
- What if there are papers that already address/refute my claim, that simply got buried amongst the masses of other papers that have already been published — does that mean my own research is worth squat?
Thank you for all your help!