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Sociology 2206A/B
Stacey Hallman

Chapter 7Other Sources of DataPersonal DocumentsDocuments can be letters diaries autobiographies TV shows etcUsed with life history or biographical method these documents can be either primary sources of data or adjuncts to other sources such as life story interviewsIn evaluating personal documents the authenticity of it is importantThe credibility of documents has two major concerns with the respect to documents their factual accuracy and whether they express the true thoughts and feelings of the writerRepresentativeness is important Historical documents are likely to be biased in terms of their applicability to the society as a whole people committing suicide can leave a letter has meaning pages could be missing and someone may have to use codes or abbreviations to fill them inDocuments provide may different kinds of information and can take the form of personal documents official documents from state or private sources and output from the mass mediaSuch materials can be used for both qualitative and quantitative researchDocuments may be printed visual digital or any other retrievable formatMany researchers believe that almost anything can be read as a textCriteria for evaluating the quality of documents include Scotts 4 criteria authentici
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