This latest edition of Resources for Nursing Research provides a comprehensive bibliography of sources on nursing research and includes references for books, journal papers and Internet resources. This Fourth Edition covers the disciplines of nursing, health care, and the social sciences.

Data Collection

Data collection

Data Collection – General

Data collection refers to ways in which information can be obtained from the real world, recorded in a systematic way, quantified and/or explained. There are many data collection methods and sections 2.65 to 2.78 will guide the reader towards appropriate sources.

High-quality data will increase the value of research. Choices therefore need to be made in terms of the degree of structure that is possible or desirable, whether or how the data can be quantified, the obtrusiveness of the researcher that may lead to ethical problems, and how objective or subjective the data are or need to be.

Definitions [See Appendix D for Sources]

Data – pieces of information obtained in the course of a study

Data cleaning – … the checking of ...

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