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What Are The Primary Sources Of Data Collection For Research?

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Samantha Mitchell Profile
Primary sources are considered those closest to the individual conducting the research such as information, period or the idea that is being studied.

  • Academia
In academia the primary source or original source is an artifact, document, recording or other main source of information. This type of information is often distinctive because they are the main documents used to cite information in one's research.

  • Secondary sources
There are also secondary sources in research. These resources tend to build on the primary resource by citing or commenting on it. The two terms are relative to the person conducting the research.

  • Data collection
Given that this question is more about data collection for research and how primary sources are a part of that, we should spend some time talking about data. Data collection from a primary source standpoint is research conducted by the writer or the researcher creating the study.

In other words, if you are doing a chemistry experiment, then during that experiment you are recording the data you find. This data is the primary source for your research. This is then followed up by secondary research. The secondary research is other people's work.

For instance, a chemist that tried the same experiment two years ago and wrote about it will provide a secondary source of information for your data collection. Note that you are still the primary source even if this other source was written prior to your studies. This is because it is based on how close the information is to you.

Data collection is usually what you do during the research stage. Consider a research paper. You have a methodology that helps you conduct the experiment. During the experiment you collect data. This is used as your primary source for the study.

John Olanrewaju Profile
John Olanrewaju answered
Differentiate between preliminary and primary sources of data collection in research method
Nouman Umar Profile
Nouman Umar answered
Data can be obtained from primary and secondary sources. Primary data refer to information obtained by the researcher on the variables of interest for the specific purpose of the study. Secondary study refers to information gathered from sources already existing. Some examples of sources of primary data are individuals, focus groups, panels of respondents specifically set up by the researcher and from whom opinions may be sought on specific issues from time to time, or some unobtrusive sources such as a trash can. The internet could also serve as a primary data source when questionnaire are administered over it.

Data can also be obtained from secondary sources as for example company records or archives, government publications, industry analyses offered by the media, websites, and the internet and so on. In some cases the environment or particular settings and events may themselves be sources of data as for example studying the layout of plant. We will first examine the four main primary sources of data individuals, focus groups, panels and unobtrusive and then discuss the secondary sources. Apart from the individuals who provide information when interviewed administered questionnaires or observed discussed at length under data collection methods. So the data can be gathered from different sources.
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Anonymous answered
There is no source in it
Lim Tze Yang Profile
Lim Tze Yang answered
Primary sources are sources that are not already interpreted by us, human. For example, a historical letter, an ancient tablet and so on.
Stuff like books, encyclopedias, sources on the net are not primary sources.
( I think so... )
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Anonymous answered
Explain experimentation,observation and interview under primary source of report writing.

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