Primary research can be based on direct experience of creative works such as viewing an artwork or reading literature.Analysis of raw data is primary research whereas analysis of data that has already been complied and analyzed is secondary research.Primary research typically includes some secondary research that provides context. For example, a clinical trial that points to other research in an introduction. Where your research is adding new information, it is primary, whether or not you also refer to other primary sources.
Analysis of Artefacts
Analysis of Artworks / Creative Works
Analysis of Media / Communications
Analysis of Oral Histories / Memoirs / Autobiographies
Group Interviews / Focus Groups
Retrospective Cohort Study
Surveys / Questionnaires
|Overview: Primary Research
Research based on first hand accounts or direct evidence.
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