What is qualitative secondary analysis? How can it be most effectively applied in social research? This timely and accomplished book offers readers a well informed, reliable guide to all aspects of qualitative secondary analysis. The book: Defines secondary analysis. Distinguishes between quantitative and qualitative secondary analysis. Maps the main types of qualitative secondary analysis. Covers the key ethical and legal issues. Offers a practical guide to effective research. Sets the agenda for future developments in the subject. Written by an experienced researcher and teacher with a background in sociology, the book is a comprehensive and invaluable introduction to this growing field of social research.

Internet and Other Searches

Internet searches are the planned and strategic use of networked computing to track down reliable data, reference materials and other relevant sources for use in research, differing only in scale and technical procedures from other searches such as literature reviews, library catalogues and archives.

Section Outline: Growing importance of the internet for background literature, data-sets and polling. Problems of reliability of sources on the net, and time wasted in inefficient searches/surfing. Keyword searches. Example: health. CD-ROM catalogues. Sources listing other sources. Using search engines efficiently. Accessing agencies and statistical information.

Around the start of this millennium, British social science students made a marked shift in sourcing their assessment assignments. Their bibliographies became less library book-based, instead consisting increasingly of websites. Undergraduates need little ...

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