Techniques of Data Collection for Sociologists

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Techniques of Data Collection for Sociologists
Four major techniques of data collection are available to sociologists: experiments, surveys, observation, and archival research. This paper will focus on the survey method of data collection, one of the most common techniques used by sociologists around the world.
Survey means to gather information by individual samples so as to learn about the whole thing (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). Survey research is one of the most important areas of measurement in applied social research (Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2006). The broad area of survey research encompasses any measurement procedures that involve asking questions of respondents (Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2006). A survey may take...
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.....sive due travel and other costs, like the time value of money, and interviewer bias can be extreme (DJS Research, Ltd,
n.d
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