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Videos from a lecture on Documents and Diaries

Author of this page: Graham R. Gibbs

Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Date written: 3rd January 2013

Ref: Gibbs, G R (2013) "Lecture on Documents and Diaries", Online QDA Web Site,







A lecture in two parts on documents in social research by Graham R Gibbs taken from a series on research methods and research design given to masters (graduate) students at the University of Huddersfield.


Documents in social research

Looks at the use of documents as sources of data in social research. Documents can be treated as mediate data rather than proximate but are always the products of social processes. This means that issues of authenticity, credibility, representativeness and meaning need to be considered when they are used in social research.

Diaries in social research

Examines the use of researcher promoted diaries as a form of data collection. Diaries are good ways of collecting data about everyday activities over short periods of time, but may suffer from poor completion rates.