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Sources of Data

Sources of Data

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Published by: Jamion Knight on Sep 19, 2010
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Sources of Information
 
P
rimary and Secondary Sources
P
rimary sources constitute first hand information. Theseare original documents and reports by actual participantsor direct observers.Secondary sources constitute already existing information.Examples of both: oral histories, diaries, mass mediareports, case studies, existing literature, interviews,official statistics, experiments, public records.
 
Strengths and Weaknesses of 
P
rimary and Secondary Sources
Primary
Strengths:-the researcher can examine the respondents in greater detail-the researcher is likely to acquire more information-the researcher is more likely to find out the truth.Weakness:-the researcher¶s presence is likely to influence therespondents behaviour (interviewer bias).

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