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Definition of Secondary Analysis

(noun) Analysis conducted on data not collected by the researcher.

Example of Secondary Analysis

  • Émile Durkheim (1858–1917) examined statistics from over 25,000 suicides and categorized them into four categories: altruistic suicide, anomic suicide, egotistic suicide and fatalistic suicide. Durkheim published his findings in Suicide (1897).

Secondary Analysis Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sec·ond·ar·y a·nal·y·sis

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sEk-uhn-dair-ee uh-nAl-uh-sis/
  • British English – /sE-kuhn-duh-ree uh-nAl-i-sis/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsɛkənˌdɛri əˈnæləsəs/
  • British English – /ˈsɛkəndəri əˈnæləsɪs/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: secondary analyses
  • Secondary analysis is often conducted on raw data collected by others, such as government agencies or non-profits.
  • Also called secondary data analysis.

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Cite the Definition of Secondary Analysis

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “secondary analysis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-analysis/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

secondary analysis. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-analysis/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “secondary analysis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-analysis/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“secondary analysis.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-analysis/>.