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2. Unpublished sources.
1. Published Sources:
The various sources of published data are:
1. Reports and official publications of
(i) International bodies such as the International Monetary
Fund, International Finance Corporation and United
(ii) Central and State Governments such as the Report of the
Tandon Committee and Pay Commission.
2. Semi-official publication of various local bodies such as
Municipal Corporations and District Boards.
3. Private publications-such as the publications of –
(i) Trade and professional bodies such as the Federation of
Indian Chambers of Commerce and Institute of
(ii) Financial and economic journals such as ‘ Commerce’ ,
‘ Capital’ and ‘ Indian Finance’ .
(iii) Annual reports of joint stock companies.
(iv) Publications brought out by research agencies, research
It should be noted that the publications mentioned above
vary with regard to the periodically of publication. Some are
published at regular intervals (yearly, monthly, weekly etc.,)
whereas others are ad hoc publications, i.e., with no regularity
about periodicity of publications.
Note: A lot of secondary data is available in the internet. We can
access it at any time for the further studies.
36 2. Unpublished Sources
All statistical material is not always published. There are
various sources of unpublished data such as records maintained by
various Government and private offices, studies made by research
institutions, scholars, etc. Such sources can also be used where
Precautions in the use of Secondary data
The following are some of the points that are to be
considered in the use of secondary data
1. How the data has been collected and processed
2. The accuracy of the data
3. How far the data has been summarized
4. How comparable the data is with other tabulations
5. How to interpret the data, especially when figures collected
for one purpose is used for another
Generally speaking, with secondary data, people have to
compromise between what they want and what they are able to
Merits and Demerits of Secondary Data:
1. Secondary data is cheap to obt...
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2014 for the course BUS 100 taught by Professor Moshiri during the Winter '08 term at UC Riverside.
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