In the era coupled with technology and digitalisation, the search for information to be incorporated in a research paper has been made easier, especially searching for secondary data. A secondary source of information is journals, books, blogs, and articles that relate to the research topic. The secondary data is available through an online search, the online search can be tricky because of the vast availability of information which might be misleading if no care is taken (NAP, 2017). Therefore, it is important to include related data to correctly grasp the argument related to the research paper. It is important to use the information diligently but never forget to show the originality or the uniqueness that the argument takes in relation to the topic of research.
Secondary data can be available in two forms, either published or non-published. In most cases, public data are available, the primary focus should, therefore, be made to government sources such as publications of the local or central government, foreign publication a of government and international bodies (Mbachu, 2018). Also, health journals, books and magazines, publications from different scholars related to banks, stock exchange, health, population, economic conditions and other differs t sources of publicised information.
However, before the above sources are utilized, it is important to confirm their authenticity, the best way to confirm the credibility of these articles is through the following means; data adequacy, this can be achieved through determining the accuracy of data obtained. Suitability of data, this can be confirmed if one enquiry cannot be adequately justified through other articles (Mbachu, 2018). Reliability of data can be tested through conducting a background check to determine how accurate the data is. It is necessary to find out whether the data achieved its intended purpose. When all the above are exhausted, the data achieved would be efficient in obtaining the research objective.
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