A Matter of Record: Documentary Sources in Social Research by John Scott

By John Scott

This textbook goals to offer an advent to using documentary assets in social study. it really is designed to be a better half to classes in learn tools within the social sciences and heritage and a reference textual content for these starting learn on documentary resources. The booklet starts off with an outline of the character of social study and the range of tools that are used. Scott identifies 3 different types of facts valuable in such learn - actual proof, own facts and documentary facts. He argues that the good judgment of analysis is usual to every kind of proof, yet that every contains particular methodological matters. An appraisal grid for the research of files is gifted, exhibiting the standards which has to be utilized in comparing documentary assets. within the following chapters those standards are utilized to the range of documentary assets to be had to the social researcher: census info and legit statistics; executive guides; directories and yearbooks; own diaries and letters.

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