Essay on Evaluation And Synthesis Of Research Literature

715 Words Oct 19th, 2014 3 Pages
Competency L
“ demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and of the evaluation and synthesis of research literature”
Introduction
Information professional continuously improve their skills and knowledge within their profession. One way in which we as professional can do this is by conducting research to create new concepts and develop new programs and services. Information professionals can do this by participating in primary and secondary research.
Primary research is research collected by the researchers. Surveys, interviews, ethnographic research, and observations are all types of primary research. Conducting primary research is a skill that benefits all research regardless of the subject or the setting and can greatly enhance secondary research. Secondary research is the collection and synthesis of preexisting research. Often, academic papers conduct secondary research under the title “literature review”. Primary research and secondary research are frequently used in conjunction to create research papers or projects.
Quantitative and Qualitative Research While there are many ways to conduct research, quantitative and qualitative methods are the two most utilized. Quantitative research implies the use of any data which is measurable. For research purposes this can mean any set of data such as surveys, tests, statistics, census data, etc. which contains quantifiable material. Qualitative research is research that cannot be…

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