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With researching, I will admit that I have fallen into all of the misconceptions mentioned in the initial topic post at some point over the course of my educational career. One challenge to add to the misconception of “a published research article is the final word on a subject” is trying to consider previous research done on a given topic. The importance of considering the need to scan and include research from not just the last five years, but beyond that is crucial in keeping all information relevant, even if GCU’s standards are aimed at the last five years (Stimpson & Walker, 2020) This leans into the creation and purpose of a literature review section in works, but finding a balance between the two is certainly a challenge, in my opinion. Currently, I have grown past the misconceptions mentioned above, as I try to stay open-minded in my research and consider all the information available. Aside from the previous challenge, I still struggle at times with becoming an expert on a certain research topic. Until I have taken in enough research and information, it can be difficult to feel like an expert, rather I often feel more like a researcher. On the topic of understanding the meaning behind the research, it comes down to understanding how the information is presented, as well as the writing style of the author. Writing styles can boost the readability of an article, and make certain elements such as relevancy stand out more. As we touched on last week, peer-reviewed sources are often considered in a higher standard than other articles based on the rigorous review process that it takes to achieve such a title. In addition, these articles are often more recent with their research and information, which maintains the relevance of the information and continues to promote accurate and current information. The use of peer-reviewed articles ties back to knowing if a researched work is objective, accurate, authoritative, current, and relevant as oftentimes these articles can contain all five.
Stimson, R., & Walker, N. (2020). GCU doctoral research: The literature landscape. In Grand Canyon University (Ed.), GCU doctoral research: The literature landscape. Grand Canyon University.