Two must-reads for students who are preparing to start a project or write up their results -- how do you frame your research?
And a similar article, most useful for writing a proposal: "Why Student Research Fails"
"Many student research proposals show an inadequate grasp of the literature, or failure to identify appropriate validated methods. Hence, they risk either answering a question that is already answered, or carrying out research whose findings cannot be integrated with current knowledge. " -- Ronan Conroy, Why Student Research Fails