Was there any apparent bias?

Assignment: Evaluating Research

There are two main types of research: primary and secondary. In primary research, you collect your own data to analyze a topic of interest. For this Assignment, you will be conducting secondary research. In secondary research, you research information already collected by a primary researcher. Performing secondary research includes evaluating existing literature for strengths, limitations, and ethical considerations. When evaluating literature, think about questions such as the following:

  • Were the author’s interpretations and conclusions supported by the evidence he or she presented?
  • Was there any apparent bias?
  • Were there other ways that specific data could be interpreted other than how the author approached it?
  • Were any important variables left out of the study?
  • Was every assertion supported by fact?
  • Did the text use reliable resources?

(Walden University Writing Center, 2009, p. 1)

When conducting secondary research, you have the responsibility of evaluating your own research to avoid ethical issues.

 

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