So in gender issues there is certain progress which was caused by feminists` movement. Kirby is conducting a literature review in preparation for his study of expectations regarding the sharing of financial and practical responsibilities among married and cohabiting couples in which both partners are between the ages of 20 and 29. Conducting a keyword search on “couples” and “responsibility, ” Kirby has generated a lengthy list of research articles. He decides to shorten the list by eliminating all articles that were not published in prestigious research journals and to only include the remaining articles in his literature review. What is gained and lost by Kirbys approach. Is it an appropriate one for a scholarly literature review? Such approach is appropriate for scholarly literature review and Kirby is probably gaining more than losing because his research will be based on scientifically acclaimed studies only.
It means real and genuine data. However, there are many young researchers around the world who conduct non-trivial studies in non-trivial ways so Kirby will not have the chance to have some second opinions about cohabitation. Besides, his key words limit the order to a great extent: he avoids the words “cohabitation” and “marriage” so his results will be incomplete.
At the same time his key words are too broad notions while he has to study a specific social issue. You are reading a literature review written by a novice researcher in your field. You notice that the researcher seems to have relied heavily in the Internet in preparing the literature review. Your hunch is supported when you glance at the reference page and find a long list of web addresses.
What goes through your mind regarding the quality and adequacy of the literature review in this situation? Internet sources are not reliable and do not look persuasive to any researcher. It seems dubious that some acclaimed scientists would publish his articles online for free. If the research is conducted for years and scientists accumulate precious information to make new revolutionary conclusions, it will be illogical for them to post these articles online. There is a number good traditional printed journals dedicated to various fields of studies and it is impossible to access them on the Internet (unless you pay for the articles after subscription).
So such research will definitely be
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