ResearchTips[1] - Using Secondary Data for Research and...

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Using Secondary Data for Research and Assessing Source Credibility Kaplan University Academic Resource Center Presentation
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Agenda Secondary data collection : What? Why? Online resources of secondary data Database searching tips and tricks Evaluating data resources Exercise
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Primary vs. Secondary Data Primary data is an original source of information Diaries/Journals Speeches Government Documents Statistics Photographs Secondary data based upon primary data; “at least 1 step away from the event” Journal Articles Textbooks Encyclopedias
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Why use Secondary Data? Research using secondary data is far less time consuming and more readily available. “Because resource constraints are always a problem for the researcher, it makes good sense to exhaust secondary data sources before proceeding to the collection of primary data.” (Davis, Business Research for Decision Making , 1999.)
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Online Resources of Secondary Data EBSCOhost: 16 databases with access to over 2000 periodicals, most with full-text articles available
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Online Resources of Secondary Data, continued… UAH Databases: over 14 databases covering a variety of disciplines. Access through “My Desk” or at http://libsys.uah.edu/kaplan Must use last name and Kaplan ID (6 digit number) to log in.
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Online Resources of Secondary Data, concluded. FirstSearch: 14 different databases, many with full-text articles
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Database Searching Tips and Tricks Plan your search Choose database(s) that cover topics appropriate to your search Choose search terms – think
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