Amassing information, documenting facts and attempting to find information in a rather unsystematic manner could be wrongfully deemed as research.
Quantitative research is deemed as an organized inquiry to examine a phenomenon by collecting information in a numerical format and executing a statistical, mathematical or computational analysis.
Understanding and Tackling a Quantitative Research Method
Techniques for Data Collection
Key Difference between Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
Justification for Using Quantitative Method