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Analysis of Secondary Data -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Wienclaw, Ruth A.;

2009 / EBSCO


Due to various ethical and logistical considerations, it can be impossible in some settings to gather primary data for research analysis. However, many sources of secondary data are available that can be further analyzed by researchers seeking to answer other research questions. Secondary analysis may be qualitative or quantitative in nature and may be used by itself or combined with other research data to reach conclusions. Although the use of secondary data can be more cost-effective than the use of primary data, the fact that the researcher has no control over how the data were collected means that there are several disadvantages as well. However, a well-designed meta analysis or other study that incorporates secondary data can be very useful to the researcher in answering questions about social issues and significantly aid in the advancement of the social sciences.