Critical Thinking Questions. After reading Chapters 4-5 of the text, answer the following questions that require you to think and respond critically. In a two- to five-page paper, address the following questions using specific examples from your professional experience and cite the primary text when possible:
a. Describe what you consider to be the advantages and disadvantages of a computer search of ERIC and other databases, as compared to other search methods?
b. Based on what you discovered in the CIJE (Current Index to Journals in Education) article abstracts, why is it often necessary to locate and read the original articles or papers rather than rely on the information in the abstracts?
c. Why are secondary sources a good place to begin looking for information on a topic? What are the most valuable traits of secondary sources? What do you consider to be the major limitations of secondary sources?
d. Which library holdings are usually considered to be primary sources of information?
e. Outline the strategy suggested for rapidly assessing the large number of reports you are likely to encounter when reviewing literature on a given topic. Explain how the process will work for you.
f. Explain why knowledge of statistical terms and concepts enables you to interpret research reports more accurately.