I also did not use “popular” articles, such as those found in popular magazines, newspapers, and journals, which target the mass market or laypeople. For instance, I did research on the issue of rape against children in the context of Penn State University. I relied primarily on newspapers and magazines for this research, which I cannot do for this Science paper.The Humanities paper concerns collecting information from several sources, so that I can understand my chosen animal, “the cow,” from a cultural perspective. Instead of quantitative data that I collected for my Science paper, I collected qualitative and quantitative data that examined dairy farming and Swiss dairy farming. This research is different from my usual research, because I had to read several articles that explore the topic from different perspectives, but still focus on the Swedish cultural context. At first, I thought it would be hard, because I was not used yet to integrating different articles for a literature review. The process of synthesis is also new to me, and I know I need more practice on this. Still, I learned that research in Humanities has its specific data-collection challenges, such as choosing relevant articles for the field and the topic at hand. Finally, I realized that collection of text-based data is also different from qualitative data, because text-based data offers more emphasis on the writers meaning, while qualitative data stresses understanding the data on its own. There is more bias then in text-based data than qualitative data.The Social Science paper is quite challenging for me, because I. Science, Humanities, and Social Sciences: Not the Different Sides of the Same Coin.
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