Exercise 6: Writing Exercises, Primary and Secondary Sources

You're writing a research paper on the problem of homelessness in your town or city. Which of the following sources would be a primary source for you and which a secondary?

A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: "Drifting Apart: New Findings on Growing Income Disparities Between the Rich, the Poor, and the Middle Class," 1990?

Incorrect.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

Correct.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

An interview with two homeless persons in your town?

Correct.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a primary source, because these sources have first-hand knowledge of or raw data on your topic.

Incorrect.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a primary source, because these sources have first-hand knowledge of or raw data on your topic.

A book entitled "The Undeserving Poor: From the War on Poverty to the War on Welfare," by Michael Katz, 1989?

Incorrect.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

Correct.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

An article entitled, "The Culture of Poverty," in" On Understanding Poverty: Perspectives from the Social Sciences"?

Incorrect.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

Correct.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

An interview with a sociology professor who teaches a course that explores the problem of homelessness?

Incorrect.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

Correct.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

A book by Karl Marx entitled, "Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, 1887"?

Incorrect.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

Correct.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a secondary source.

Statistics on the number of homeless in New York state from the state census office?

Correct.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a primary source, because these sources have first-hand knowledge of or raw data on your topic.

Incorrect.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a primary source, because these sources have first-hand knowledge of or raw data on your topic.

An interview with the head of a homeless shelter?

Correct.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a primary source, because these sources have first-hand knowledge of or raw data on your topic.

Incorrect.

This is analyzing and interpreting data from a primary source, because these sources have first-hand knowledge of or raw data on your topic.

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