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The Pocket Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington

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074 Secondary Research

Information collected and synthesized from existing data and sources

• Secondary research establishes what has been done and what hasn’t, identifying opportunity gaps to help suggest a research direction and methods.

• It is sometimes referred to as desk research, in contrast to primary research conducted as fieldwork or empirical research.

• Sources may include books, research papers, journal articles, and conference papers, records and statistics, or any number of other archives.

• In design, research might include precedent projects, products or documented case studies, photographs, maps, diagrams, and other visual support records.

• It is traditionally summarized in systematic reviews or literature reviews, with full ...

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