A Guide to Conducting Online Research

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SAGE Publications, Apr 1, 2009 - Reference - 176 pages
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A Guide to Using Technology in Research is designed to support students, academics, and practitioner researchers in using technology as part of their research. The book begins by looking at what questions to ask and how to prepare to conduct online research, then concentrates on particular technologies and how to employ them effectively, before concluding with a discussion of the peculiarities of conducting research in the online environment.
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTIONIn
1
2 DESIGNING AN ONLINE STUDY
10
3 RESEARCH STANDARDS AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
25
4 USING EMAIL FOR DATA COLLECTION
37
5 RESEARCHING USING INSTANT MESSAGING AND CHAT
61
6 SURVEY RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET
68
BLOGSWIKIS AND WEBSITES
82
8 ACCESSING AND USING WEBBASED DATA
93
10 EMERGING RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
130
11 PRESENTING YOUR RESULTS
137
12 SOME ADDITIONAL CHALLENGES FOR ONLINE RESEARCHERS
153
APPENDIX 1 ACRONYMS AND JARGON TERMS
160
APPENDIX 2 WEB LINKS
165
BIBLIOGRAPHY
168
INDEX
173
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9 ANALYZING THE DATA
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At Boston College since September 2001, I work for the Bioinformatics Program in the Biology Department of Boston College. I am primarily a system administrator for their dedicated servers and consultant for related issues. Before 2005 I worked in Research and Instructional Services (RITS) under Academic Technology Services (ATS) as a consultant to faculty, staff and students on configuration, maintenance and usage of Unix/Linux on Boston College research computers.

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