Secondary data is information that has been collected by someone else for a purpose other than your current research project but has some relevance and utility for your research. Examples of secondary data:
Make sure you evaluate secondary data before you use it in your research. Check:
Primary data is data collected by the investigator himself/ herself for a specific purpose. Researchers collect the data themselves, using surveys, interviews and direct observations.
Examples of Thesis statements from past students:
Thesis: How to keep customers loyal and help provide a better experience for them?
Thesis: What can we do to expand our audience to all players, not just gamers?
Thesis: What is getting our society to the gym and how to keep them there?
Google Forms - A free program from Google that allows you to create forms, surveys and questionnaires. Results of the survey are automatically put into a Google spreadsheet.
Go to Google to create an account.
Crain's New York - Crain's New York Business thoroughly covers NYC's major industries, including Wall Street, media, the arts, real estate, retail, restaurants and more.
Bloomberg Business - Bloomberg Business delivers business and markets news, data, analysis, and video.
The Economist - The Economist offers insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.
New York Times Business Section - Find breaking news & business news on Wall Street, media & advertising, international business, banking, interest rates, the stock market, currencies & funds.
Consumer Expenditure Survey - consists of two surveys, the Quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey, that provide information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. The survey data are collected for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau.
US Census Bureau - the leading source of data about the nation's people and economy.
American Fact Finder - Find popular facts (population, income, etc.) and frequently requested data about your community.
American Community Survey - Source for detailed information about the American people and workforce.
The Gallop Poll - Provides market research and consulting services around the world. Publisher of the Gallup Poll, a widely recognized barometer of American opinion.
The Pew Research Center - A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling,