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What are primary information sources?



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What are primary information sources?

Students are required to use primary sources whenever possible. This means that you read and reference the original works of the authors. Information you have gathered from first hand experience – eg. an interview or survey – is also a primary source.
What are secondary information sources?

When you use the ideas /words of one author that have appeared in another writer’s text you are using a secondary source.



Below are two examples of how to use a secondary source in a sentence:


  1. Bartlett and Ghoshal (cited in Daft 2004) suggest that companies expanding into global markets are forced to do so because of economic, technological and competitive factors, which relate to economies of scale, economies of scope and cheaper production factors.

  2. Companies expanding into global markets are forced to do so because of economic, technological and competitive factors, which relate to economies of scale, economies of scope and cheaper production factors (Bartlett & Ghoshal, cited in Daft 2004).


Step 8 Draw up a detailed plan

Collecting the data for a report takes place over an extended period of time. Before you start writing, you need to use your mind map, your notes from various sources, texts, websites, surveys, interviews and more to draw up a report plan identifying the main ideas and the evidence that supports those ideas.
A plan is like a road map which allows you to have a clear understanding of the direction your report is going to take. A detailed plan can help you to have confidence when you start to write. You know what you want to write, why you are including it and the logical order in which to present it.
Step 9 Writing the report


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