The Research Table is a basic tool for Thaumcraft 4, required to complete research. Note that in current versions, the research table doesn't use paper, it only takes research notes created with the Thaumonomicon. For the older version, see Research 4.0
"The Research table is created by placing two tables next to each other and then clicking on them with Scribing tools."
"The Research table is the most important tool for any thaumaturge. It is used to unlock all the hidden secrets of the universe and discover new ways of harnessing magic."