Week 1 Task 4

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Complete a posting about the attached article and
video in 100 words or more.

Primary and Secondary
posted by Rosie Cordova

Research consists of primary and secondary sources. Primary sources are preferred, “A primary source is an original document containing firsthand information about a topic” (Simon, 2005, p. 17). Secondary sources interpret primary sources, “A secondary source contains commentary on, or discussion about, a primary source” (Simon, 2005, p.17). Using studies or primary data obtained by others becomes secondary data when someone else uses it. Secondary sources may present biased information or have a different purpose. Other considerations for selecting secondary sources are the time frame when it was done (Simon, 2005). Information may become obsolete with the passage of time.

Simon, M. K. (2005). Dissertation & scholarly research: A practical guide to start and complete your dissertation, thesis, or formal research project. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company.