Does conducting academic research differ from general research? How? Provide an example.
Yes academic research is different from general research. Academic research
requires that the sources of information be credible, whereas for general research
we just need an answer. [ The sources used for academic research are often
professors, textbooks, and essays, compared to general research usage of Google
and websites like Wikipedia. •A specific example is my research on the
subject of critical thinking. I wish to gain
respect as an expert so I make sure to search the articles or websites that are
made by a professional, such as Dr. Enoch Hale, a presenter/contributer on the
Critical Thinking.org website. He has a bachelor’s degree in intellectual and social
history, a master’s degree in liberal arts and sciences, a secondary single subject
credential in social science, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an
emphasis on critical thinking, teaching and learning. This site is born and raised by
licensed professionals that either teach or work in the Social Science field. There
are many websites that pop up when I type "critical thinking" in my browser. I could
easily choose one of the top 3 that show on the screen as my source if I were just
seeking a quick idea of what other people's opinions about critical thinking might
be. This would be interseting to see what different types of people (ie: high school
students, college students, average Joe etc) think critical thinking entails, however I
would never base my research answers on a blog entry because it is common
knowledge that blogs are not comprised of people that have a degree on the
subject, nor do I know who they are other than by their witty screen names.
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