Secondary Sources

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I’m probably not great in that respect. There is so little written on political parties at the local level that I was basically just using anything that was available. Interviewer: Are you talking about secondary sources or the primary data? Interviewee: Secondary sources. As far as the primary data, I think I’m sure that the United States census of governments is probably about as reliable as you can get. I should say I, of course, relied on newspaper reports on things that have happened, so I did that quite a bit and the Labor Union newspaper, the Chamber of Commerce newsletter and stuff like that also had really good kinds of things. In a lot of ways, I used those sources not for factual information, but just to get a sense of…show more content…
So, if you were going to do five city’s it would take you five weeks and you can literally do it now in an afternoon. Interviewer: How did you find these sources? Interviewee: I just Googled them and I knew which cities went bankrupt and the other thing that is on there is just stuff that you would never think of. The California State Controller had done an audit of redevelopment agencies, where they actually went in and did some investigative reporting and wrote it up and I got to that by just Googling redevelopment California report kind of thing. Interviewer: Some people say there is a risk of having everything so excusable and that it's hard to sort out what might be useful and what is not. Did you find that to be a problem and if so, how did you develop strategies to kind of sort the weak from the
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