Analysis of Existing Documents And Official Statistics
-weaknesses and strengths
A nonreactive research method that involves the analysis of diaries, newspapers, published historical works, and statistics produced by government agencies, all of which are created by people other than the researcher for purposes other than sociological research.
Strengths: Often inexpensive and easy to obtain, provides good coverage; useful for historical analysis; nonreactive.
Weaknesses: Often contains biases reflecting the interests of their creators and not the interests of the researcher