Primary research refers to research you conduct yourself. This type of research differs from secondary research which draws from previously collected data or research. You may want to conduct primary research if there is little to no data on the subject for which you need information or to compare your results to existing research.
Examples: surveys, polls, interviews, observations, analysis, ethnographic research
You can also consult this table to help determine what sort of research you would like to conduct.
Once you know the type of primary research you want to conduct you will need to find more information about that particular type of research. Are you interviewing an expert? Designing a survey? Observing a group of people? Below is a small selection of Meriam Library's resources that will help you continue your project.
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