Secondary Data Analysis: A Method of which the Time Has Come


  • Melissa P. Johnston School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA


secondary data analysis, school librarians, technology integration


Technological advances have led to vast amounts of data that has been collected, compiled, and archived, and that is now easily accessible for research. As a result, utilizing existing data for research is becoming more prevalent, and therefore secondary data analysis. While secondary analysis is flexible and can be utilized in several ways, it is also an empirical exercise and a systematic method with procedural and evaluative steps, just as in collecting and evaluating primary data. This paper asserts that secondary data analysis is a viable method to utilize in the process of inquiry when a systematic procedure is followed and presents an illustrative research application utilizing secondary data analysis in library and information science research. 




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