Evaluating sources for a literature review activity

A literature review summarises the research that has been done before on the topic you are researching. It gives your research context and as a researcher you are supposed to build on this information with your research. For example, you may research an area other papers have highlighted as needing more research to come up with an answer to a question. 

Considering the role of a literature review; write a paragraph or two comparing the advantages and disadvantages of using primary and secondary sources, and qualitative and quantitative data in a literature review. 

Think about how secondary sources report other people's experimental findings. Are they always accurate? Think about how researchers and the media may have an agenda. However, think about how secondary research could summarise and give context to lots of individual experimental findings.  

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