Advantages of documents

HideShow resource information
View mindmap
  • Advantages of documents
    • Personal documents such as diaries and letters enable the researcher to get close to the social actor's reality, giving insight through their richly detailed qualitative data.
      • Interactionists favour this
    • Sometimes, documents are the only source of information, for example in studying the past.
    • By providing another source of data, documents offer an extra check on the results obtained by primary methods.
    • They are a cheap source of data, because someone else has already gathered the data.
    • Using existing documents saves the sociologist's time.


No comments have yet been made

Similar Sociology resources:

See all Sociology resources »See all Sociological research methods resources »