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  • Secondary source
    • Official statistic
      • Allow comparisons
      • May not benefit sociologists
      • Representive
      • Reliable
      • May not be valid
    • Documents
      • Public
      • Personal
      • Historical documents
        • Authenic
      • Not all documents survive - not representive
    • Advantages
      • Reliable
      • Good for studying the past
      • Cheap
    • Content analysis
      • Method for dealing with documents symmetrically
      • Cheap
      • Easy
      • Quantitative scientific data

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