Sociology 1 - Studying Society - Sources of data

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Sources of data

Primary data is data collected by the researcher himself, for example: Structured interviews, or Participant observation

Secondary data is data used that has been previously collected by someone else, like Official Statistics or Mass media reports

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Sources of data:


Primary - Observation, Structured Interviews, Unstructured Interviews

Secondary - Written documents (Biographies, Diaries etc..), Mass media sources (Articles, Documentaries)


Primary - Questionnaires

Secondary - Statistics (GCSE results, SAT results etc..), Official Statistics (Birth/Death/Unemployment rates)

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