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Primary and Secondary Data Sources

These are the guidelines to the secondary sources' data

Choose sources carefully. Sources must meet the following guidelines:
- Current: Within the last 5 years, but preferably in the last 12 months
- Publicly available and free
- Credible (a qualified, reputable source)
- Objective (an unbiased, neutral source)
- Aligned with the scenario (no generic information; use data specifically applicable to a for-profit cancer center in Indianapolis, Indiana).

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There are two types of sources for information gathering, primary and secondary. Primary sources of information are those producing first-hand accounts. This is direct information that has not already been interpreted by another person or group. Secondary sources have taken the first-hand information and analyzed it or summarized the information. To better illustrate the difference in sources here are some examples of each.
Primary sources encompass several types of potential data gathering. Keep in mind each represents a first hand accounting. Personal diaries, journals, letters, memos, speeches, manuscripts, and any other type of direct personal ...

Solution Summary

There are two types of sources for information gathering, primary and secondary. Each offers a specific view of the data or information that has been gathered. Depending on the application, a researcher may need one more than the other, or a combination of both. Contained in this document are definitions and examples of each type of data source.

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