Important tips for usage of secondary sources of information

The information is the base for every Research Report. The information sources (including secondary sources of information) are classified as primary or secondary data. There are no strict requirements that you needs to collect information only from primary sources of the Research Report, there is an acceptable point to collect information from secondary sources for the necessities of the Research Report.

The Secondary Data is the data collected by other for different purposes, and can be used by the researcher for the purpose of their Research Report. Some samples are reference materials, books, CD-s, financial statements and the like. The student should always examine the relevance and correctness of the sources of secondary data. Many information from online sources may not be very reliable, seen from an academic point of view, and are sometimes inappropriate to be used in the Research Report.

Should the student decide to use secondary data for their research, then a proper justification and explanation should follow the choice. The use of published secondary data needs to be properly referenced by using the Harvard Referencing System (refer appendix 3 of Information Pack for more detail)

The student needs to retain and keep all the information gathered during the research and preparation of the project, and have them in their possession until they receive an official notification on their RAP grade by the OBU. This goes for questionnaire responses, financial statements, extracts from journals and books, reports used, magazine articles and the like. Sometimes it is possible that the OBU will ask some of the students to supply additional evidence of their information gathering process that has occurred during the preparation of the Research and Analysis Project.

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