How to collect information?

November 17, 2014
How to collect information?

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How to collect information?

Our century is the age of informative abundance. Information means a lot to any person. Whoever possesses it, he owns the world (both literally and figuratively). It is increasingly becoming the subject of sale. But in order for any data to be as reliable as possible, you must also learn how to collect it correctly.

Open sources

Facts and news you need are often found in documents, the press, and the Internet. These are the so-called open sources available to every user.

Typically, the collection is carried out using several popular search engines. Here, the correct wording of the query entered into the string is of no small importance. You should also remember that there is primary and secondary information (that which is a reprint from the original source). Therefore, it is preferable to work with source sites. For more information on how to collect a variety of necessary information on the Internet, read the section on our site, Search for information.


Mankind has long shared information in verbal form. So, despite technical progress and universal computerization, the most important source of information gathering is still man. Many people always have something to tell, just listening to them carefully. This can be a survey, interviews, expert opinions (which, by the way, are also defined as valuable primary data).

To collect high-quality information, it is necessary to break this work into several stages.

  1. Collect all available data from any possible sources, without cutting anything off.
  2. Highlight the data obtained from indisputable sources (preferably from two independent), and data that require additional verification.
  3. Recheck any doubting information. Trim data not subject to verification.
  4. Systematize the data by adding expert opinions.