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Evidence in Academics

Give a description of your experience with and your perceptions of the relative merits and disadvantages of each of the following types of information as evidence for academic arguments: primary research sources, secondary research sources, oral history (cultural note), and blogs.

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Evidence in Academics

* Give a description of your experience with and your perceptions of the relative merits and disadvantages of each of the following types of information as evidence for academic arguments: primary research sources, secondary research sources, oral history (cultural note), and blogs.

(a) Research

Research reviews have been criticized for their inability to provide meaningful conclusions about complex interventions and the resulting implementation (Benzies, Premji, Hayden, & Serrett (2006). However, the research suggests that identifying, retrieving and reviewing all literature as relevant is resourceful for garnering evidence. Additionally, Benzies et. al argue that while the inclusion of peer-reviewed research literature is critical for academic argumentation, they suggest that there is also the advantage of including in one's reviews, the 'grey' literature. They define grey literature as 'publicly available information - findings - open source information that is usually available only through special channels or systems of publication distribution, bibliography or as acquired by booksellers or subscription agents' (p. 56). Further, according to Benzies et al., grey literature provides information from all levels including ...

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This solution describes experience with one's perception of the merits and disadvantages of information irelating to evidence in academia.

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