Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-18, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 24 January, 2018 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2018.


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core definition

Evidence is data or statements that are used to evaluate a hypothesis, conjecture or theory.

explanatory context


analytical review

Psychology Glossary (undated) defines anecdotal evidence:

Anecdotal Evidence is information you obtain from a subjective report, an observation, or some kind of example that may or may not be reliable. In addition, anecdotal evidence is not scientifically valid or representative of a larger group or of conditions in another location.

associated issues


related areas

See also

Researching the Real World Section 1.4


Psychology Glossary, undated, 'Anecdotal evidence' available at, accessed 1 February 2013, still available 20 December 2016.

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