Primary Research

When was the last time you thought about primary research? Well up until recently the answer for me would have been never. Funny enough primary research is an important part of academia. Primary research is any type of research that you collect yourself. Examples include surveys, interviews, observations, and ethnographic research (Dana Driscoll, and Allen Brizee. “Welcome to the Purdue OWL.”). The way in which I will be using primary research is through the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Primary research is essential to me understanding and analyzing the importance and relationships of Ray Underwood. Most of my understanding of Ray underwood will be based on my descriptions and responses to his AIDS quilt.

At the moment I know Ray’s Mother created her sons Quilt. With this knowledge I can really explore all the details of the quilt and attempt to truly understand the importance and reasons behind each addition to his panel. My notes and observations will act as my primary research going further into my project. Along with his panel Ray’s mother included a letter. Once again using this primary source I will be able to create fresh, new and insightful concepts, conclusions and connections to Ray Underwood’s life. Secondary research, on the other hand, “involves the summary, collation and/or synthesis of existing research” (“secondary research”. web. 2/11/2018.). For my research I will also use some websites I have found that discuss Mr. Underwood to help further aid my understanding of who Ray was.

Since ray was to some extent a public figure I will be able to see the way people have perceived him and find other clues to help me piece Ray’s life together. Most of this project will include my judgement, descriptions and perceptions of Ray’s quilt. All other factors will simply be aids in my research.





Dana Driscoll, and Allen Brizee. “Welcome to the Purdue OWL.” Web. 2/11/2018. Purdue OWL: Conducting Primary Research,

“Secondary Research.” web. 2/11/2018.

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