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Research in the Social Sciences

A detailed guide on how to do research in the social sciences.

Introduction

There are three categories of sources that you will use in the social sciences.

1) Primary: These sources are records of events or evidence as they are first described or actually happened without any interpretation or commentary. Examples include diaries and newspapers.

2) Secondary: These sources analyze primary sources. Examples include scholarly articles.

3) Tertiary: Synthesize secondary and primary sources. Examples include encyclopedias. 

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