survey (social survey)

(noun) A research method that collects data from respondents through a series of questions either in the form of a questionnaire or an interview.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: surveys
  • The terms survey and social survey are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Using surveys as a research method is called survey research.
  • Also called:
    • social survey
    • survey method
    • survey research

Related Quotations:

  • “[R]esearchers frequently select a representative sample (a small group of respondents) from a larger population (the total group of people) to answer questions about their attitudes, opinions, or behavior” (Kendall 2006:31).

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Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.

 

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How to Cite the Definition of Survey

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “survey.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/survey/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “survey.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/survey/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“survey.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/survey/>.