Data is divided into two categories: PRIMARY and SECONDARY

PRIMARY data is originally obtained by the researcher - that's you - through photography, interviews etc. for your specific purpose
SECONDARY data is research that has been conducted and organized by someone else for their specific purpose and you are now 'borrowing' it for your purpose
photos you took
video footage you filmed
music you composed
poetry you wrote
interview you conducted
statistics you collected
photos, maps, statistics, from websites, archives
interviews from podcasts
news from on-line or print sources
text from books, websites, databases, information services

CLICK on each link below for an example of the SECONDARY sources available to you.

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weekly news publication (online and/or print)
daily news publication (online and/or print)
online news aimed at youth market (video,, film, article, photos)
television streaming
photo essay
periodical (online and/or print)
report (usually includes statistics, photos, links, narratives)

Data tells the story and it comes in a variety of forms. When you are gathering information and evidence for an inquiry it is helpful to use more than one type of data. Remember to always include spatial data as well!

Let's take a look at how we can 'read' data through photo analysis, documentary film analysis, article analysis ...


Why Should I Cite?

Using other people’s research or ideas without giving them due credit is plagiarism. Since BibMe makes it easy to create citations, build bibliographies and acknowledge other people’s work, there is no excuse to plagiarize. Don’t be a thief—save your grade, use BibMe and give credit to those who deserve it!