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What Are The Different Methods Of Information Gathering?

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M.Asim khan Profile
M.Asim khan answered
1.DIRECT PERSONAL OBSERVATION
In direct personal observation the researcher is the observer. Researcher records what the participants are watching and doing. However, in social research direct personal observation plays a vital role. That is, the researcher is watching what is happening, or may rely on the reported observations of others.
2.INDIRECT PERSONAL OBSERVATION
In indirect personal observation the researcher must rely on the reported observations (including self-observations) of others. In this type of observation the research could conduct interviews with people about how they use lets say for example the search-engines. This would be indirect personal observation.
3.INFORMATION THROUGH LOCAL AGENCIES
In social research you are not bound to specific channels of gathering information. The observational methods are effective but sometimes the researcher collects the information from the local agencies like NGO's and other Government departments. Because in the society there are a number of NGO's and other local social agencies working for some social cause so information can be obtained from them.
4.INFORMATION THROUGH REPRESENTATION METHOD
As the name suggest the researcher also gathers the information through representation method. It is mostly done in aptitude testing where you are given a number of models to choose the best for your self according to the situation. To obtain the results out of this kind of method researcher has done some kind of coding or specified a criteria to evaluate and analyze the response. This is also a very helpful and time saving tool of gathering information.
5.QUESTIONNAIRE METHOD
Another method of gathering information is the questionnaire method. As the name explains its self the researcher devises the questionnaire based on the number of factors involved in its research and he/she is trying to find out the exact point of view of the participants. In questionnaire method the freedom of what to say is not provided by the researcher. This is a very effective and handy tool to dig out the specific information about the research topic.
6.INVESTIGATION THROUGH ENUMERATORS
Enumerator is someone who collects census data by visiting individual homes. This technique is adopted in a case where researcher is not sure about the actual amount of participants. The researcher visits the census department and collects the relevant information and then formulates his strategy based on the information provided by them. Meanwhile the researcher conducts the interview try to investigate the accuracy of the information provided by them.
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Arjun Mitra answered
In order to gather information, you need to first be specific about what information you are gathering. Firstly you could go over to the internet on any of the popular search engines and type in your topic of search. You will then get a list of websites that will provide you with that information and you could visit them and gather the info.

Then you could visit a library and go through various books that will provide you with that sort of information. What you could also do is conduct a survey and get information from other people. Or you could visit www.blurtit.com and post your question. You could even approach consultancy firms and take their help. And the end of gathering the information you will have to analyse and interpret all that you have learned and put them together.
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pavan katam answered
Methods of information gathering can be:
1)direct observation
2)gathering from examining/experiments.
3)Getting from higher people who knows better than you.
4)By studying the relevant books and literature

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Sadia Batool answered
Education is a dire need of today's world. So, be aware of importance of being literate. Everybody is taking the education seriously. As it aware the people about various issues. It is another name to awareness. An educated person is decent and can behave nicely as compared to an illiterate one. He/she can work better as compared to an illiterate one. An illiterate don't know how to interact with in a society. He/she is not that decent. He/she can't keep himself/herself up to date. He/she is unable to read and write any thing.

An illiterate female may be dangerous for her family. She would not be able to teach her children. World's pace is getting faster with every passing day so we want educated mothers. An uneducated mother would not be able even to read the name of medicine she is providing her innocent and unaware child. It may be threatening too. An illiterate person would not be able to support his family as nowadays jobs are to be provided on the criteria of education. All in all there are numerous disadvantages of being illiterate so one should go for education.

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