Module 10: Research Methods and Documentation
Objectives: By the end of this module, you should be able to:
explain the difference between primary and secondary research,
identify the key elements of a questionnaire/survey,
evaluate secondary sources,
compose a progress report that reports on the challenges and successes of a
collaborative research project, and
compose a peer report that reports on the contribution of team members to a
collaborative research project.
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Researching and Collecting Data
What are you looking for?
How much time do you have?
Is it important for the report?
Paper, human, electronic:
o In-housePublicly available
o Library or online research
o Your thoughts, observations, and experiences
o Your interviews, surveys, and ideas
o Search Engines
o Library databases
o Use more than just Wikipedia
o Periodical guides and indexes o In-house documents and reports
All secondary sources should be evaluated using the following criteria.
Check the publisher/producer for credibility (ethos). For example, an
online study produced by “Freds-stats.com” may or may not be reliable.
Check their credentials.
Is the content useful and appropriate? Abstracts and summaries provide a
synopsis of the content.