(noun) A collection of recorded observations gained from research from which inferences are drawn through analysis.
Example: Fieldwork journals, interviews, or survey results.
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- Data is the plural form of datum (or data point), a single fact or observation.
- Data is typically numeric or textual.
- Data is typically collected on the individual or aggregate level. For example, individual data is a single person’s age or income, in contrast, aggregate data is the average age of all members of a household or the combined income of all members of a household.
- Data used in a sentence: Sociologists collect data on numerous topics to understand social phenomena.
- Qualitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Quantitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “data” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Data
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “data.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/data/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
data. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/data/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “data.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 22, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/data/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“data.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/data/>.